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Print Symbols Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print Symbols Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.19

     challenging words:    impurity, obtrusive, cleanser, sins, symbolism, lasting, literature, cultural, overall, universal, generally, imagery, intend, narrator, value, death
     content words:    Harry Potter, Deathly Hallows, Moby Dick

By Cindy Grigg

1     Authors often use symbols in their stories. A symbol can be a person, place, or an object that stands for something else. The symbol takes on a deeper meaning, or layers of meanings, than the obvious one. For example, a sword may be a sword, but it can symbolize justice or another abstract idea. The sword in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was described as "a great silver cross," which made it a symbol of Christianity in the overall plot of good vs. evil.
2     Some symbols generally mean the same thing to all readers. These are universal symbols. Water is a symbolic cleanser, washing us clean of all our sins. Light symbolizes knowledge and goodness. A skull symbolizes death. A dove stands for peace. A dove can be seen while peace cannot.
3     Constructed symbols are given symbolic meaning by the way an author uses them in a story. In the book Moby Dick, the white whale came to symbolize evil.

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