This seasonal chart is originally part of our full “Catcher” unit. We decided to sell this component separately and it includes the creative chart which offers a unique layout for many of the symbolic implications of the seasons and weather found within literary works. The chart shows the correlation between a novel’s setting, the seasons of the year, the effect on the natural world and finally, the human life cycle.
Kids enjoy discussing the various symbolic connections between the seasons and a character’s personal development. It is a chart we reference throughout the entire year, with every text we read. After the first few texts, students begin to independently relate the specific examples from the stories back to the seasonal chart.
The chart is printable and I give each student his or her own copy. However, I prefer to rewrite the chart with the class season by season. I elicit comments and discussions based the students’ previous knowledge and we begin to fill in the chart together. When the kids are walked through the chart, season by season, they become aware of how much they know about the symbolism of nature; they have just never seen it presented in such a simple, straight forward way.
I have used it easily in grades 9-12 and along all levels of academic abilities