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Object as a Symbol with multiple meanings:
The Red Bandanna
A story about Courage on September 11, 2001 from ESPN
How many people died?
Casualties of the September 11
were killed and more than 6,000 others were wounded during the September 11 attacks. These immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes, 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon. (Wikipedia)
Group work (10 minutes)
Give students a circle map to complete as a group listing all the words and images associated with the Red Bandanna in the video. Can also use a red piece of copy or construction paper.
Share Out (5 minutes)
Each Group Shares out one word and why they chose it. Copy on to a master list for the class (whiteboard or chart paper)
Symbol Activity Complete page 1 in the Symbol Activity
Adapted from Project WRITE, San Diego Reflective Essay Lesson
Symbolism Interactive Notebook FREE from
Erin Cobb on Teachers Pay Teachers
Colors as Symbols:
Show the video or read the book to show how students already recognize symbols associated with colors:
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
Distribute a different color sheet of paper to each group and have them come up with words, pictures, and meanings associated with each color.
Have groups share out their work. For each color, ask the class to indicate whether the color has overall positive or negative images (use thumbs up or thumbs down). Some colors may be associated with both positive and negative feelings. Use this to demontrate Context and how the same thing can have multiple or different meanings depending on the person or context.
Have students complete the 2nd page in the Symbol Activity
Follow up with
My Many Colored Days
from Your Dictionary
Teacher tutorial for teaching symbolism
Symbols may have different meanings for different people
help on how to format text
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