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Students explore sequencing. For this sequencing lesson, students sequence events to analyze character actions as cause and effect or the plot of the story. Students discuss character actions and list them on a chart.
Browning's "My Last Duchess" and Dramatic Monologue
Students analyze the use of dramatic monologue using Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess." In this dramatic monologue lesson plan, students explore Browning in historical and literary context. Students read the poem and analyze the dramatic monologue as a part of character analysis. Students write a dramatic monologue based on one of the characters in the poem and write an essay for close reading analysis of Browning's "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister."
Students analyze and identify character traits. They be asked to listen carefully to the description of the character Mrs. Winterbottom taken from the novel Walk Two Moons to develop their character analysis skills.
Language Arts: Character Comparison
Fourth graders, using Kidspiration, compare and contrast the two main characters from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. They use a teacher-created template to describe their characters. Students then create their own character analysis.
Students continue their examination of the Ndebele tribe. After reading examples of poetry from the tribe, they develop a character analysis of one of the main characters. To end the instructional activity, they write a poem about the character and share it with the class.
What’s in a Name? Understanding Malcolm X
Students study the life of Malcolm X. In this autobiography lesson, students read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, investigate and evaluate the time period of his life, and write an essay based on their reflections pertaining to his identity.
Crane, London, and Literary Naturalism
Students identify the key characteristics that comprise American literary naturalism in Jack London's "To Build a Fire" and Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat." In this naturalism analysis lesson, students identify characteristics of the genre in American literary naturalism, conduct in-depth character analysis for the stories, and compare and contrast the two writers' styles. Students write an essay of comparison.
Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
Second graders investigate character analysis, sequence of events, and main ideas and supporting details. For this story mapping lesson, 2nd graders read and talk about Janet Stevens', Tops & Bottoms, in a guided reading setting. They map the story and identify plants that grow above and below the ground.
Characters' Coming of Age
Students develop older versions of child or adolescent characters from favorite works of literature, adapting them for teenage or adult sequels. They each outline a sequel and write its first chapter.
The Point in Point of View
Eleventh graders compare and contrast motivations and reactions of literary characters confronting similar conflicts (e.g., individual vs. nature, freedom vs. responsibility, individual vs. society), using specific examples of characters' thoughts, words and actions.
Caricature Character Tour
Ninth graders create a caricature of a literary character using magazine cutouts to practice reading for details and characterization.
So You Think You Got A Problem
Students find alternatives to conflicts that they, may confront in their everyday lives Through the use of literature, students are given opportunities to use parallel tasks that will instruct them on how to identify and correct their problems.
Management of Grief and Loss
Fifth graders learn of coping behaviors related to grief and loss. They recognize the tasks associated with the grief and loss process. They also have an opportunity to identify common ways literary characters cope with loss.
Women Call Out: The Personal Narrative
After reading and discussing several personal narratives written by women in the 1920's, class members write a personal narrative of their own about a time in their lives they felt controlled. Sample narratives can be accessed through HRC’s “American Twenties” collection.
Moving In Character
Eighth graders compare and contrast the motivations and reactions of literary characters from different historical eras confronting similar situations and conflicts. In this history activity, 8th graders read excerpts from the books, "Diary of a Young Girl," and "Zlata's Diary." Students utilize a clever worksheet embedded in the plan which is a bird's-eye-view of a packing box. Students must decide what each of the characters would pack in their boxes to take with them to their new homes.
Reading the Movies: Another Approach To Teaching Critical Thinking Skills And Writing
Students explore the elements of film to analyze character, action, and the themes in the movie, "Quiz Show." The lesson encourages students to make personal connections and real life applications as they view the movie, critically.
Students read three Suni folktales and describe people's motivations for serving and analyze whether their motivations can be changed. They analyze character traits portrayed in the stories.
The Glass Slipper Shatters
Ninth graders write their meaning of honesty. They provide an example from their lives and reflect on the outcomes of their honest behavior. Students identify a time when they may have been dishonest in a relationship and the results that their action had on their relationship. They analyze characters' speech to determine their motivation and character.
Line Up by Rank, Soldier!
Students analyze character traits. In this language arts instructional activity, students read Death of A Salesman and discuss the characteristics of the different characters. Students write in their journals.
Character Attributes in Cinderella
Students listen to the story of Cinderella. They discuss the character attributes and what they mean. Students participate in activity centers to learn about character attributes. They make a spreadsheet to analyze character attributes from the story of Cinderella.