Symbolism Worksheets

Related ELA Standard: RL.5.4

Core Standard

When an author is looking to drive deeper meaning into their work, they will often use symbolism to drive an emotional or underlying message to their readers. This is when the author uses an object or sometimes a word in place of an abstract idea. Symbolism helps you hint rather than out right saying something. This adds a more enriching experience for the reader. This technique can help the audience grow a thicker emotional connection to a piece of work. The most common literary elements that are used to create this are allegories and metaphors. They lend themselves directly to this technique. Some major classical works including Lord of the Files and The Great Gatsby have used symbolism to connect with readers. This series of worksheets will have students identify symbolism and use it in their own work.









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