Color Symbolism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Through the activities in this lesson plan, students will explore color symbolism in literature and other texts. They will apply their new knowledge by analyzing fairy tales for color symbolism examples.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Relate the use of color in texts to symbolism
  • Define symbolism
  • Analyze examples of color symbolism in texts


75-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)


Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings

Materials Needed

  • SmartBoard or projector to display lesson content
  • Internet access
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore video (available free online)
  • Copies of fairy tales (see activity)

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