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Students examine the contributions of a few African American actors. After watching different films, they work together to recreate the film and the struggles faced by the actors. In groups, they compare and contrast the acting style of the different actors. To end the lesson, they identify the stereotypes used in films to represent African Americans.
Here is an online interactive reading comprehension worksheet where pupils respond to 11 short-answer and essay questions based on War and Peace. They  may also access an online quiz on the selection using the link at the bottom of the page.
Learners explore the genre of American literary naturalism by reading,"The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane. They examine the relationship of man and nature through analysis of the characters, narration and descriptive vocabulary.
Turn your 6th graders into detectives while growing their love of reading. Using critical thinking skills, they will be able to describe the five basic elements of detective fiction, read detective novels, make predictions, use the scientific method, and write their own detective story. This engaging activity includes all plans and questions.
Have your class listen to the book, Charlie the Caterpillar, by Dom Deluise. They will define and name the characters, plot, and setting of the story. Next, they complete Think-sheets as a class. Pupils will also learn about retelling a story.
Eighth graders read and analyze the novel "Things Are Tough All Over" and create a "Memory Book" of hardships endured during the Depression. They sequence facts for the Great Depression, conduct research, and create a memory book that includes photos and a created item of memorabilia.
Young readers analyze a character from a story, discovering her dilemmas and problems. In this character analysis lesson, students analyze a character named Jamaica in a few different stories. They discover the problems she's going through and create solutions for her.
Students choose a short story or book and a student takes on the role of one of the characters in the story. They complete an interview worksheet and then students question each other further about the character they are playing.
How to tap into students' social networking experiences to enhance learning in the language arts classroom.
Why do people commit crimes? Middle schoolers investigate characters' motives for committing a crime in a character analysis activity. First, they read the book Chasing Vermeer and identify the suspects. They then record the details about the characters on the included character chart. Use this activity for any book or story in the mystery genre.
Class groups assume the identity of one of the primary human characters in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They create a body biography that identifies the most important traits of their character, translate these traits into visual symbols, and write a portrait that illustrates several expects of the character’s life. Finally, they sit for a character interview, responding to questions as their character. Specific directions for the Body Biography and an Annotated Bibliography are included.
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past..." Use this Great Gatsby novel study lesson plan to reinforce literary analysis in your class. Working in groups, young readers write a script for a chosen scene from the novel. Suggestions for choosing characters, narrators, sound effects, dialogue, and setting the stage are given. Use a different novel for younger readers.
Do not let Julius Caesar be Greek to your pupils. Rather, make the play a dish fit for hungry minds. Encourage your class members to lend their ears to a series of rich discussion questions so that they can become masters of the play, as well as of themselves. In addition to the discussion questions, vocabulary lists for all five acts of Shakespeare’s play are included. Let the experience be the teacher.
High schoolers write a detailed character analysis by adopting a character from the novel, Great Expectations, and become an authority on the character.
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.
Practice literary analysis and citing evidence in this lesson about heroes. Ninth graders complete research activities for a literary analysis of a character who meets the definition of a hero. Then, they write journal entries about heroism and work in groups to define and characterize heroes. After reading a literary selection and listening to the lyrics of a song, they can compose an essay about heroes. Use this lesson to reinforce analysis skills and using textual skills.
Learners analyze main characters.  In this character lesson, students read stories and analyze the characteristics of the main character.  They write a short description of each charater analyzed. Learners use NotFolio to present information.
The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss is the focus of this character analysis lesson. The class makes a chart noting the names of specific characters in the book, noting attributes that define each character. They discuss bullying and peer pressure, then sketch the girls from the book, creating a metaphor that represents each.
Where would Harry Potter be without Ron Weasley? Where would Holmes be without Watson? Where would a good narrative be without an interesting supporting character? Encourage character analysis with this resource, which includes six prompts about major supporting characters. By describing the relationship between the main and supporting character, this individual comes alive in the imagination of the writer.
In these short story/nonfiction worksheets, 10th graders complete an entire packet on short stories and nonfiction text by answering several questions and charts as well as taking a final test. Students overall objective is to identify the short story elements.