This is a gallery walk with six significant symbols throughout the novel "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck. Students must visit these symbols around the classroom and jot down notes about each of them. Two of the symbols (colors black and white) are not gallery walk items because they are simply colors. After discussing the symbols as a class, students must choose one and write a well-written constructed response paragraph about why that symbol is significant in the story.
This works really well with my low-level learners because it gets them moving, provides visual images, and provides a graphic organizer for the paragraph.