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Third graders analyze the importance of characters in fiction writing and performances.  In this theatre lesson, 3rd graders identify the important characteristics of a fictional character and how to portray a character through many different physical and psychological choices.  Students act out characters for their classmates and critique their own performances.
A tea party in Wonderland? An East Egg brunch with Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, and Nick? Breakfast with Miss Havisham, Lady Macbeth, and Abigail Williams? Or dinner with Andre, Hamlet, and Randle Patrick McMurphy? Class members select a favorite book or theme, dress up as a character, and get together for refreshments and pithy conversation. Groups create the invitation, decide on the menu, decorate the room, and outline a script. The packet includes suggestions and links to resources. A great way to review a novel, a course, or prepare for the AP literature exam.
Are your learners only talking about the plot of the story and not the richness of the characters? Then show them how important characters are to literature with the information available here. The learner will know how authors create characters, the specific types, and how to analyze their motivations and relationships between other characters. It is visually pleasing, especially for younger students. If you have older learners the format and material can be updated.   
Take the text of the Ramayana and let it become a visual funfest of student interaction.  View through PowerPoint artistic representations of the characters of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and have pupils complete the character study worksheet from their viewing and reading. The materials make it easy for the learners to continue storytelling traditions. Have your writers create their own stories using the conflicts and characterizations from the lesson, and practice the oral tradition in class.  
Get ready to make a few characters to put on a show and make understanding a complex text that much more fun. Shadow puppets are used to bring the epic story of Rama to life. Not only are the puppets going to help learners connect to the text, they are also going to help them identify and compare how specific characters are portrayed throughout the tale. 
Check out this clear description of how and when to use accent marks and special characters. The information, necessary to truly understand the purpose of special characters and accent marks would make a great reference material for pupils. Also included is a presentation with the same information, which would be appropriate for in-class use with some note taking. The material is broken up into manageable pieces for the presentation and includes a practice exercise.
What do Robert Downey Jr., Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Fritz Weaver, Roger Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daffy Duck have in common? Why, it’s elementary, my dear Watson! They all have portrayed Sherlock Holmes. Literary detectives launch an investigation of how varying portrayals of a character influence a drama. The approach detailed here could be used with a wide range of literature.  From Romeo and Juliet to The Great Gatsby, your sleuths will be engaged in the search for clues that reveal how who done it changes everything.
How do you know what a character's personality is like if an author doesn't tell you? With a focus on character development in Esperanza Rising, pupils complete a jigsaw activity to analyze the actions of Mama, Abuelita, and Miguel. Once group members have shared with their expert group and their own group of three, they compare and contrast the other characters to Esperanza. Class members must make inferences using author details and character behavior. During this well-sequenced lesson, learners will complete a quiz, participate in a jigsaw activity, create posters and charts, and write briefly for an exit ticket, and close with a discussion about human rights.
Engage further in Esperanza Rising with a focus on close reading and metaphor. Class members zero in on the tenth chapter, examining characters and big ideas. Pupils discuss the text in small groups and as a whole class, and participate in a give-one-get-one activity, using their sticky notes to mark pieces of evidence that they want to share. As a final assignment, writers compose a response to a final question that sums up the lesson. An effective Common Core designed lesson.
Delve into narrative writing that puts choice in the hands of the writers. Kids pick their own characters, emotions, items, and places from a list and tie them together in the exposition. Several questions help guide the writers toward fully understanding and developing the characters in their story. 
Make a study of Timothy and his development as a character over the course of the first half or so of The Cay. This idea focuses in particular on chapters 10 through 12. Learners start out by working on double-entry journals created in an earlier lesson. Next, they discuss Timothy and make a list of what the know about his background. Finally, they use this list and any other help you provide to write an analytical response to a provided prompt about Timothy. 
Combining art, music, dance, and reading comprehension, this lesson is geared to reach all ability levels. After reading a variety of fables and discussing story elements and character traits, class members select a moral to use as the basis of their own fable about two characters, one with foibles and one without. Your fabulists then collaborate on a class mural, a music composition, and a dance which reflect the traits of characters in their stories. Document it all on a class website.
Readers of The Crucible use a SATDO chart to collect evidence they will use to craft interpretive statements and an analysis of one of Miller’s characters. Background information on the play and about Miller, links to handouts, extensions, and assessments are included with the richly detailed plan.
This multifaceted and very complete lesson plan provides several ways for young scholars of literature to explore character. Specifically this resource focuses on the character of Miss Trunchbull from Matilda After reading two pre-selected passages about this character, your class will complete several provided discussion, text marking, drawing, and creative writing activities. Chock-full of creative ideas and prepared materials, this is a must-see resource for any teacher who is teaching this story.
Students analyze a book's characters and create a scrapbook to print and save. For this on line interactive characterization lesson plan, students identify character traits and gain a deeper understanding of a book's characters.
Students read a variety of Cinderella tales from different cultures. They discuss the differences in character, plot, and conflict resolution in the stories from different countries.
Students read Geronimo Stilton books to examine how to identify character traits and personalities based on the author's descriptions. They write their own descriptions and interpretations of characters to help with understanding and connections with their own personal life experiences.
Students are introduced to literary elements and definitions in the worksheet Understanding Character but reading through each of the elements and definitions aloud. They read the story, "La Bamba" and identify examples of the literary elements on an overhead.
Ninth graders explore and analyze how the trial of life can develop one's character and values of respect, responsibility and compassion. They, while reading and evaluating "The Odyssey," reflect upon their own hero journey and write examples of their trials and growth.
Sixth graders analyze characterization in The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. In this literature mini-unit, 6th graders analyze various aspects of characterization by reading The Prince and the Pauper and watching a video adaptation of the text. Students analyze the characters Tom and Edward through t-charts, comic strips, handouts, and journals. Students are assessed on their creation of a character web or sketch. Enrichment activities are included.