Reflection: Checks for Understanding Analyzing the Author's Use of Symbolism in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian - Section 1: Activator


Students identified many common and not so common symbols they come across everyday in their classes but many of my students do not realize that the ability to identify symbols is important beyond the confines of their classes in school. I explained to them that the knowledge to identify symbols in literature improves speech and writing and aids not only in interpretation of what they are now reading, Part-time Indian, but with interpretation of the world at large.

I explained how this is also an important aspect of developing and understanding theme, big mesage. This activator opened their minds to learning how to understand when the author, Sherman Alexie, is using a symbol, and how that symbol exemplifies the theme of the novel.  

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Analyzing the Author's Use of Symbolism in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

Unit 12: Fiction Novel: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Lesson 4 of 12

Objective: SWBAT identify and analyze patterns of symbolism by completing a chart of examples of symbols in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.

Big Idea: What can Kentucky Fried Chicken symbolize in a story about poverty?

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