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What a Character! Comparing Literary Adaptations
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.
9th - 12th Language Arts 50 Views 70 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Weaving Picture Books into Narrative Writing
Children's picture books are a great resource for identifying and modeling components of narrative writing. Your class uses descriptive language to illuminate and analyze characters. Similarly, they compare and contrast texts, plots, settings, themes and characters.
3rd - 6th Language Arts 123 Views 719 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Character Analysis and The Crucible
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.
11th - 12th Language Arts 34 Views 100 Downloads
"Three Shots": Ernest Hemingway's Nick Adams
Analyze characterization in literature. Readers use "Three Shots," from The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway and complete classroom activities that require them to apply literary analysis techniques. They write their own short stories that feature character development, conflict, and themes.
10th - 12th Language Arts 7 Views 36 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Character Analysis Essay
A comprehensive list of questions guides preparation for writing a character analysis essay inspired by Leander Watts' book Stonecutter. In order for readers to find quotes to use in their essay, I'd share the questions prior to reading so the class can note useful citations as they go.
7th - 9th Language Arts 16 Views 114 Downloads
Character Education: Honesty
Primary learners read Holly Keller’s That’s Mine, Horace, analyze the text and characters, and sequence the story. After discussing the experiences Walter encounters once he tells a fib, class members use a character analysis worksheet to identify the qualities found in the story’s characters.
K - 5th Language Arts 22 Views 220 Downloads
Analyze Character Development by Paying Attention to Word Choice
"Monkey's Paw," W.W. Jacob's horror story, is used to model for viewers how to use a writer's diction to analyze characters. Words describing the characters' actions, comments, and appearance are highlighted. After re-examining the highlighted text, two or more character traits are selected that are revealed by these passages.
8 mins 11th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Stir Up a Character Analysis Recipe
What ingredients make up a character? A cup of honesty, a dash of humor, a pinch of cynicism? Based on real cookbooks they review in class, learners at any grade level three and up write recipes to describe characters familiar to your class.
3rd - 12th Language Arts 19 Views 377 Downloads
Biopoem Strategy as Part of a Character Analysis for Of Mice and Men
Readers of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men will learn much “more than what (is) said to them” as they use the biopoem format and craft a poem about one of the major characters in Steinbeck’s tragic story of Geroge Milton and Lennie Small. The resource includes directions and a template of the biopoem formula.
8th - 9th Language Arts 7 Views 25 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Jungle: Character Analysis Writing Assignment
Activate character analysis skills with this short paper prompt for Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Writers explain the significance of a chosen character, using character traits, decisions, and actions to support their argument. This resource provides a list of guidelines as well as a rubric for grading the final one-paragraph product.
10th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 47 Downloads
Readers practice character analysis by reviewing Gary Soto's short story "La Bamba" with the whole class (anything you've read together will work). They design t-shirts that feature traits and story elements to reveal the nature of a character they choose.
6th - 8th Language Arts 24 Views 111 Downloads
Shakespeare Character Analysis Worksheet
Engage your class in character analysis of any Shakespeare character with this worksheet. Class members pretend that they are reporters and imagine responses that their chosen character would supply for 14 pre-determined questions. While this worksheet is lacking detailed directions, and a few questions are poorly worded, the objective is solid and learners do explore character analysis in a fun way.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 41 Downloads
The Class Election from the Black Lagoon Storia Teaching Guide
One of my favorite things about this resource is that they use a standardized lexile to help you determine who should be reading what book. I also love this great teacher's guide for the book, The Class Election from the Black Lagoon. In it, you'll find a series of guided learning activities, discussion questions, vocabulary terms, comprehension and text connection strategies perfect for teaching kids in grades two and three.
2nd - 3rd Language Arts 67 Views 95 Downloads CCSS: Designed
CAN WE SWITCH GENDERS OF STORY CHARACTERS?
Analyze characters and stories to identify stereotyping. Learners will examine the concept of character gender to evaluate bias in classroom story books. They are asked to read a story or play and change the gender of the character to see if it still makes sense.
K - 6th Language Arts 3 Views 26 Downloads
Character Bust: Ceramics Lesson
Whether it is a protagonist, antagonist, hero or heroine, characters are a must in any story. Learners analyze a character from a narrative they are reading, then use that character as inspiration. They create a ceramic bust depicting their chosen character.
3rd - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 22 Downloads
Knowledge or Instinct? Jack London's "To Build a Fire"
Students closely read " To Build a Fire," to explore the use of narrative point of view and debate the distinction between knowledge and instinct. The elements of literary naturalism and how they relate to Jack London's work is examined in this activity.
9th - 12th Language Arts 13 Views 42 Downloads
Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat"
Students examine the relationship of man and nature as portrayed in Stephen Crane's, The Open Boat." The third person, omniscient point of view, the depth of character analysis found in the story, and the emotions evoked by the author form the focus of t
9th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 14 Downloads
Analyzing Literary Characters
To develop character analysis, your class reads Trouble River by Betsy Byars. Next, they create paper dolls based on the characters in the book. Everyone links together their paper dolls in a large chain in order to compare and contrast.
3rd - 4th Language Arts 8 Views 38 Downloads
Analyzing Characters in Chinese Cinderella
Study the characters and the way they're developed in Chinese Cinderella. The first page talks about all of the ways a reader can learn about the characters. The next two pages encourage the reader to analyze implied examples (shown) and list implied characteristics they learned from the examples.
6th - 8th Language Arts 16 Views 35 Downloads