Juniors at Green Run Collegiate (GRC) reviewed the literary element of symbolism on their first day of Language and Literature, their 11th grade English class.
Students defined symbolism and thought about objects and color in order to create a symbol that represented them. They created symbols like music notes, trees, food and a Ying Yang to represent things that are meaningful to them.
“I created a tree to represent how much I have grown and how much more growth I have to do,” said junior Denise DelRosario. Fellow student Brandi Patrick created the logo of her beloved step team, the Lady Divas.
This lesson is modeled from the popular Teach Like a Pirate philosophy by educational author, Dave Burgess. Though playing with play dough is not something high school students usually do, they relished the opportunity for hands-on learning. They then presented their first Oral Commentary based on their symbol, which was their opportunity to explain their creation to their classmates.