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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.
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.
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.
The Secret Garden, is a wonderful book to read with your class. After reading, why not employ the lesson plan presented here as a follow up activity? In it, pupils create character charts that portray the tremendous changes that take place in each of the principal characters during the course of the book. A handy graphic organizer is embedded in the plan which will help learners create a character web for each of the characters. Everyone gets together and has an all-class sharing session where the character webs are discussed.
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 students 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.
Cool! Encourage your class to get to know a story's characters on a whole new level! Dress like a character and sit for an interview with a TV host. The clear explanations, great examples, and practice activities included in this 16-page worksheet will help your young writers bring their characters to life.
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.
Kindergartners examine pieces of artwork and make masks to wear in a classroom parade. They examine images of The Triumphs of Love, Chastity, and Death, and The Triumphs of Fame, Time, and Divinity. After looking at the characters that are depicted in the images, they create masks to be worn in a parade.
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.
First graders are introduced to biographical figures through participating in a number of activities. They are introduced to an important historical figure once every ten school days. This goes on throughout the entire school year! Center and assessment activities are included to correlate these characters with math standards. This 26-page plan has many worksheets and detailed descriptions of the activities to make implementation simple.
What do Columbus, Aeneas, Scarlet O’Hara, and Frederick Douglass have in common? How can a hero in one age be a villain in another? Does heroism depend on the context of time and place? Are there traits that all heroes share? After a consideration of these and other questions, class members create their own heroic character. To bring their hero to life, pupils choose from of menu of presentation options. From guided visualizations to online research, the whole class and small group activities in this richly detailed resource guide young writers through the process of creating their own hero.
Lensey Namioka’s Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear provides an opportunity for young readers to observe how writers bring their characters to life. Each class member selects a character to trace through the novel, recording character traits and finding examples to show how these distinctive features are revealed.
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.
A vivid setting can bring a story to life. Challenge your writers to dive into this element as they complete worksheets in preparation for their first draft. This packet starts by giving an example of a description that simply tells who a character is and one that lets the setting speak for him. To practice, learners create animated settings for three hypothetical characters. They do the same for characters in their own story.
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.
In many of Shakespeare's plays, the main character drives the action. This in mind, learners take a critical look at the development of the main character. They compare three of Shakespeare's main characters to each other and to three modern day television drams. A very enlightening lesson which culminates in a thoughtful thesis and essay.
Learners read the handout, "The Six Pillars of Character Checklist." They work in groups to define each of the six pillars of character. They share their definitions with the class. Each group creates a pillar poster of one of the characteristics. Students read the story "The Smartest Giant in Town," by Julia Donaldson.
Build reading comprehension skills with this lesson plan. Have your class listen, predict outcomes, retell the story, and produce a character web as you read the book Swimmy by Leo Lionni aloud. This lesson also asks learners to make connections between the book and their own prior knowledge about fish and oceans.