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So, let me be the first to confess that I’m NOT a project-assigning kind of girl… I tend to avoid them like the plague. But here’s a project that my students did an AMAZING job with! I was thrilled with the level of critical thinking involved and the evidence of comprehension of the novel at such a high level.
My 8th grade classes read The Giver by Lois Lowry. This is an awesome book for teaching symbolism so that’s the literary device that I really focus on when teaching the novel.
I took it one step further this year by assigning Jonas’ Memory Scrapbook. The students had to choose a symbol (concrete object) to represent each of the following: the novel as a whole, characterize Jonas at the beginning of the novel, in the middle of the novel, and at the end of the novel, the main conflict, the climax, and the resolution. My students absolutely came through on this one!
Here are some examples of their FABULOUS work:
Grab the Directions, Think Sheet, and Rubric for this project FREE here!
Other free resources for teaching symbolism:
Symbolism in The Giver Graphic Organizer With Key
Teaching Symbolism in Literature With Objects & Colors – Charts w/Teacher’s Notes