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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.
Story elements such as conflict, character analysis, resolution, and moral are discussed and charted as elementary children read folktales involving animals. An element of science is also introduced as learners discover what a keystone species is and consider the role animals play in the ecosystem. Complete with worksheets, extensions, and links to stories the class will read, this is easily adaptable to younger grades.
While reading Where the Red Fern Grows, readers explore the setting, characters, and theme of the novel as they participate in classroom activities that include comprehension questions and discussions. Individuals also define vocabulary words that they encounter as they read the novel and research Cherokee culture.
This versatile graphic organizer could be used alongside any novel, poem, play, or story through which your class in studying character. Class members can get characters straight or describe particular characters in more detail with this chart. Learners write the name of a character at the top of the page and then fill in 6 boxes that refer to different areas of characterization. If you are working on creative writing, young writers could use this to add more details to their own characters.
Here is a lesson which is "flexible," and can operate as an individual or whole class activity. After reading a book of their choosing, with the use of a semantic map, learners identify character traits. They infer how their feelings towards the main character of the story changed throughout their reading. Finally they create a character Bio Poem. Incorporate these activities into any story you read.
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.
Students study the character education traits of honesty and friendship. In this character education activity, students discuss the words fib and riddle. Students read a story about a dishonest boy. Students complete a character analysis worksheet for the main characters. Students then write a letter to Horace from Walter's perspective.
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.
Focus on character analysis using "Thank You, Ma'am" or "The Gift of the Magi." Through concept mapping, class members explore character traits and then discuss their ideas while citing specific examples from the work. Lastly, individuals compose a multi-paragraph essay that explains the significant aspects of a character. Emphasis is placed on correct verb tense.