No problem...sort of. My teacher laptop's hardrive just crashed on Friday. I have lost EVERYTHING including the lesson plans I have completed thus far. However, I will add a link sometime this week that recaps what I have completed so far and will complete this week too.
And to answer your question on symbolism, I recently just asked students to be on the lookout for it while reading, and make note of the things students most likely will not notice (eg- colors to depict sadness). For the Lorax, as an example, we stuck with some of the obvious things. They discussed the seed given at the end at how it represented hope, a future generation, etc. I simply wrote this on chart paper, and we add to it as we read more books.
I hope that helps. Let's hope for a speedy recover of computer #2 dying this year.
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