Symbolism Reading Passages

Symbolism is the use of an object to represent an idea, quality, or emotion. Writers often use symbolism to provide a mood or express a deeper meaning in the text. Storms, water, fire, and light are common literary symbols.

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Women's History

Women’s History Month is traditionally held in March, but the study of women’s history is valuable all twelve months of the year. Women have overcome daunting odds to succeed and excel in all areas of human endeavor, including science, manufacturing, athletics, business, and exploration. These passages about outstanding women cover the broad spectrum of the accomplishments of notable women. Their stories are sure to inspire your students. 

Reading Set: 18 Passages

Peter Pan

With a little fairy dust, we can all fly to Neverland by reading J. M. Barrie’s wonderful fantasy “Peter Pan.” This Reading Set includes passages from each chapter of the novel along with related comprehension questions. Your student can follow Wendy, Michael, and John Darling as they join Peter, Tinker Bell, and the Lost Boys in their adventures with that famous pirate villain, Captain Hook. 

Reading Set: 17 Passages

Aesop's Fables

A fable is a story with a moral, or lesson, at the end. Aesop, a Greek author in the 6th century B.C.E., is perhaps the most famous fabulist, or fable writer. His charming stories teach children and adults important lessons about kindness, wisdom, and living with each other. This Reading Set includes some of Aesop's most beloved fables.

Reading Set: 6 Passages

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Many have seen the movie, "The Wizard of Oz," based on L. Frank Baum's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." While it is a great family movie, like most movies based on a book, the book is better! This reading set introduces the reader to the real Wizard of Oz story, including the backstory on some of the characters and some riveting scenes.

Reading Set: 6 Passages

The Little House

by J.M. Barrie from Peter Pan

Chapter 6 Passage: J.M. Barrie's 1911 classic novel ...

606 Words, 4th-5th Grades, 420L - 730L, Character Traits, Main / Central Idea, Summary, and Symbolism

The Wolf and the House Dog

by Aesop from The Aesop for Children

Although Aesop's fables were written thousands of ye...

348 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, 420L - 730L, Context Clues, Summary, Symbolism, and Theme

The Lady with the Lamp

by Laura E. Richards from Florence Nightingale: The Angel of the Crimea

Chapter XI passage: Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)...

638 Words, 6th-8th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Context Clues, Figurative Language, Symbolism, and Theme

How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow

by L. Frank Baum from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Chapter 3 Passage: J. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wi...

488 Words, 4th-5th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Compare and Contrast, Summary, and Symbolism

The Olympics

The Olympics Games capture the whole world's attention every four years. Students will read a passage about the history of the ...

692 Words, 6th-8th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Point of View, and Symbolism