My students were really struggling with the concept of Symbolism in large texts. I designed a worksheet and a unit specifically at helping them understand symbols and abstract vs. concrete language. This worksheet comes with 6 short paragraphs with a common symbol. Students use this worksheet to help sharpen their understanding. This is only a beginning step in the scaffolding process to understanding symbolism. I teach 10th grade, but many of my students are low level. I could see this being used even for Middle School gifted/Honors ELA.