Character Analysis Teacher Resources
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Students explore the concept of literature analysis. In this literature analysis lesson plan, students discuss the story elements of a book. Students also discover how to pair share and use each other as a resource.
Quest for the American Dream in A Raisin in the Sun
Learners read and discuss the play, A Raisin in the Sun. they focus on literary aspects of the nplay, as well as the concept of The American Dream.
The Clock Tower on Grand Avenue: A Cultural Reading Adventure
Sixth graders read three novels to practice their reading and comprehension skills. Using each novel, they create a list of the characteristics of each culture represented. In groups, they also identify the setting, characters and plot of the stories as well. To end the instructional activity, they answer questions about cultures other than their own.
A Raisin in the Sun: The Quest for the American
Learners use the play "A Raisin in the Sun" as part of analysis of the American Dream. In this play analysis lesson, students define 'The American Dream' and recognize the historical setting of the play. Learners identify forms of discrimination in the Jim Crow era and read poems by Langston Hughes. Students analyze the play and complete writing assignments using the given prompts.
Crane, London, and Literary Naturalism
Young scholars analyze "To Build a Fire" by Jack London and "The Open boat" by Stephen Crane. They write an essay in which they compare and contrast the narrators and plots in each story.
High schoolers complete literature analysis activities for Beowulf. They read lines from the poem and complete character analysis activities. In addition, they write and share a boast modeled on the text and then create heroes and monsters. They finish by writing a monologue for their versions and complete an analysis of the epic hero within the text.
The Nature of the Antagonist
Darth Vader, The Wicked Witch of the West, Shere Khan, Moby Dick...these are some of the most famous villains in film and literature. Study the four categories of conflict with your class and have them finish the day by creating a dynamic, interesting villain. Can their villains rival The Joker or Count Dracula?
Black Actors in American Cinema
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.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Here is an online interactive reading comprehension activity 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.
Stephen Crane: The Open Boat
Students 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.
Giving to Get the Beat
Explore script writing based on prose in a cross-curricular literacy lesson. After listening to the folktale The Drum, middle schoolers identify and describe specific story elements such as characters and events. They work in groups to write a script for the story, and each group performs its play.
Detective Fiction: Focus On Critical Thinking
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.
From an Ugly Caterpillar to a Beautiful Butterfly!
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.
"Things Are Tough All Over"
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.
Jamaica Teaches Moral Lessons
Young readers analyze a character from a story, discovering her dilemmas and problems. For 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.
Young Learner's Writing Workshop 2
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.
Linking Social Networking to Language Arts
How to tap into students' social networking experiences to enhance learning in the language arts classroom.
Body Biography: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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.
The American Dream: Gatsby on the Stage
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past..." Use this Great Gatsby novel study lesson 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.
Discussion Questions for Shakespeare's Julius Caeser
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.