Reading Symbols

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Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass serves as the anchor text for a lesson on symbolism. Readers use the provided worksheets to examine the symbols in the novel as well as in the world around them.

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CCSS: Adaptable

Instructional Ideas

  • Prior to introducing the topic of symbolism in the text, have groups research the daemon characters in The Golden Compass and have them theorize why Philip Pullman may have chosen these animals for his story
Classroom Considerations

  • Prior to using The Golden Compass, research the controversy surrounding the novel and the movie to determine if appropriate for your learning situation

  • The colorful worksheets include images, discussion questions, and essay prompts

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