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Symbolism is when one object or thing stands in the place of something else, such as an idea, another object, a person, or a place. For instance, all countries have flags for their own country. The flag symbolizes the country. The flag stands in place of the country. A symbol is the object that is sitting in the place of a different idea or object. The American flag has stars and stripes. The flag itself symbolizes the entire United States of America. The 52 stars on the flag symbolize each state that makes up the entire country. Since we cannot place a picture of every state on the flag, or draw the entire country on it, we use the stars and stripes in place of the states and country.
We can also think of restaurants and stores when we think of symbolism. Many restaurants have a logo, or an icon, that they use for their store. The logos represent the entire restaurant and what the restaurant serves. Stores also have their own logos that represent what they sell. For instance, a restaurant that sells tacos may have a cartoon taco on their sign outside. The taco indicates what kind of food the restaurant sells. The cartoon taco is symbolism for the restaurant and what that restaurant sells.
In some instances, we can use objects to symbolize people. For instance, we often use an apple to represent teachers. A good apple symbolizes a great teacher. We think of crowns, thrones, or castles when we think about kings and queens. When we see a stethoscope, or the instrument a doctor uses to listen to your heart and lungs, we think of a doctor.
Symbolism can be used to represent ideas too, or those things we cannot hold or see. Our phones use symbolism in this way. When we open an email, the envelope image on the screen symbolizes an email or a message from someone else. The picture of a musical note usually represents music. The image of a camera might symbolize the pictures on a phone. If someone draws a heart, they might mean the heart as a sign, or symbol, of love or kindness.
There are signs we see every day that hold symbolism and suggest some other meaning. For instance, stoplights symbolize meanings. A red stoplight symbolizes stopping. Red could also symbolize danger, depending on the situation. Green symbolizes go, or it symbolizes that everything is alright. Yellow symbolizes caution, or suggests that those around should be careful. Near schools, there are often signs that show a parent and a child walking as they hold hands. Drivers read this and know that they should look out for individuals, especially children, crossing the road. The sign carries symbolism, or the meaning, that the driver then understands. Images that carry symbolism are especially important in situations like driving, because the driver needs to understand what the sign means very quickly. This is why the sign shows images of people instead of using words. Symbolism helps convey meanings without writing or spelling out words, and it helps to convey larger objects, ideas, or people.
This bundle contains 5 ready-to-use Symbolism worksheets that are perfect to test student knowledge and understanding of what Symbolism is. You can use these Symbolism worksheets in the classroom with students, or with home schooled children as well.
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