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Ninth graders explore literature by writing a paper based on their analysis of a story. In this characterization activity, 9th graders identify their favorite literary character and discuss the connection the character has with his or her story. Students write a paper reflecting on the traits of their chosen character and peer edit other papers in class.
Students analyze characters from the book Beware of Storybook Wolves, then create their own fractured fairy tale. In this early childhood lesson plan, students analyze the characters within the story, recognizing which characters came from other fairy tales. Students then illustrate and write about these characters. Students then create their own fractured fairy tale.
Fourth graders read the novels "Hoot," and "Wringer," and the book "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" to examine character motivation. They create a brochure, explore a website, and develop a PowerPoint presentation on burrowing owls using pictures and information from the Internet.
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.
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.
A useful scaffold to help your class with character analysis and text interpretation. Questions about characters from Sparrow Hawk Red by Ben Mikaelsen guide your young readers to describe a character literally, along with interpreting how they feel and behave. Four activities have middle schoolers pulling vocabulary words from the story, finishing a crossword and wordsearch with clues related to the book, and finally using a map to locate certain locations in the book.
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.
Why do people commit crimes? Middle schoolers investigate characters' motives for committing a crime in a character analysis instructional 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.
Fifth graders analyze a character from the book, Holes. In this character analysis lesson plan, 5th graders choose a character from the book to act out and another student interviews the assumed character. Students make a list of questions for the interview.
The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss is the focus of this character analysis instructional activity. 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.
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.
How does character perspective affect a short story? Use this instructional activity to review the concept of point of view. First, middle schoolers read short stories and conduct character analysis to explain different points of view. They examine each short story through the eyes of another in this unit. Short stories are listed, but you could easily substitute any of them for stories that are already in your curriculum.
In this character analysis worksheet, students explore two characters. Students fill in the graphic organizer, similar to a story map, for two characters and compare and contrast them.
If you're teaching The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, focus on chapter 9 with this resource. It includes a journal writing prompt, character analysis, discussion on an important quote, and a plot review. It culminates with a quiz; however, it is not included. A solid but concise chapter review.
Use this complete and simple lesson plan to help your class examine the main characters in Kipling's story Rikki-Tkki-Tavi. A fun and creative pre-reading activity, coupled with two different graphic organizers, help to scaffold young readers' reading comprehension and character analysis skills. Students work collaboratively in pairs to complete a two-minute talk, a note taking aid, and a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting Nag and Nagaina. All required materials are included.
Middle and high schoolers analyze The Apprentice's Masterpiece. Various proven pre, during, and post-teaching strategies are utilized to connect medieval history to our modern-day understanding of the persecution of minorities. Character analysis is also a key component of this extended lesson.
Students investigate point of view and analyze the effect it has on conflict resolution. In this point of view activity, students read a familiar children's story and discuss the points of view and conflicts in it. Students read alternative endings for the stories and complete a web search for fractured fairy tales. Students create a comparison chart of the stories and illustrate their ideas about points of view in the stories. Students write a reflective paragraph for the activity.
Students analyze the characters in the book Christmas at Mud Flat. In this early childhood lesson plan, students analyze characters in the book, then choose which character they personally identify with the most. Students then use character dominoes to build a tower and discuss how each character is important in the group and how they are relied upon.
Students analyze a controversial character from a literature selection. Working in small groups they analyze the character's involvement in the story and how it relates to real life experiences using an included rubric. Each group presents their analysis of their chosen controversial character.
Twelfth graders complete character analysis activities for The Great Gatsby. In this character analysis lesson, 12th graders read the first four chapters of the novel. Students work in learning tiers to analyze Nick Carroway, Tom, and Daisy Buchanan. Students complete a Venn diagram and discussion questions.