The University of Michigan sponsors a wonderful Dictionary of Symbolism online. This is a great reference to share with students when you are reading a text that makes rich use of symbolism. It's also great for having students research symbolism for their own writing or projects. Because my senior-level British Literature class discusses symbolism is so many of its texts, I have a Shield of Symbolism project that my students creat during the first week of the semester. Students search this website for symbols that represent their physical and emotional characteristics. It's a great way to review symbolism while learning a little more about my students. You could also put together a symbolism scavenger hunt (find one item that symbolizes death, for example). You could also have your students create their own symbolism dictionary using wikispaces. Below, I'm embedding a sample screenshot of an entry located on this website.
Dr. Jessica Pilgreen, Ed.D.