Strategy: Look for references to concrete objects and analyze whether they could be symbols. Pay special attention to objects named in the title, objects mentioned more than once, objects that appear at critical moments in the plot, and objects or places accompanied by a lengthy description.
Procedure: In the left column, list the concrete objects as they appear. In the right column, write what they may symbolize.
The above instructions appear at the top of the graphic organizer, which is split into two sections for students to keep track of potential symbols as they appear in the reading, and later to go back and analyze what the symbol may mean in the story.