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Eleventh graders discover the importance of the fortune teller in Shakespeare's Macbeth. After watching two interpretations of the play, they examine and compare the portrayal of the character. They create their own modern adaptation of Macbeth to determine if the character could live in the modern world.
Kids love to make up new words that go with familiar melodies. For this lesson, the classic song "If You're Happy and You Know It," is used. Since this lesson goes along with the Arthur episode: "The Ballad of Buster Baxter," learners can insert characters from the television show. They can also use favorite literary characters or members of their own class.
A sample pack of curriculum could be a good addition to your unit on Betsy Byars's The Pinballs. The pages include an introduction about the author, an overview of the entire unit, lesson objectives, and several worksheets to use in the beginning of the unit. The cover page offers a way for you to see what an entire unit from the company looks like.
The villain is sometimes the best character in a book. They are usually troubled, dynamic, and will do anything to stop the main character. Have your class better understand villainous antagonists by creating one in class. They work together to answer questions and draw and image of what a villain can be, then work independently to create one of their own. This is a fun activity that can be used to encourage strong writing and character analysis skills.
Study historical events by combining the study of historical fiction and non-fiction. Learners read about true past events in historical fiction novels and then research non-fiction accounts of the same events. What are some differences they find? Compare and contrast the similarities and differences. Looking for an activity to extend this lesson? Assign each writer a specific event, and have them write a journal entry or two about the event as if they were living during that time period. 
Many youngsters have heard the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but do they know there's more than one version? After reviewing the original verison by the Brothers Grimm, present Little Red Cowboy Hat by Sudan Lowell. Class members can compare and contrast the two stories and discuss the characters, setting, conflict, and resolution as a whole class. Individual pupils fill in one of two provided graphic organizers about the two stories. Add a third suggested tale to extend the lesson.
Characters from a story can be sorted by their traits, just like shapes or objects can. First the children list several character traits on a chart, they read a familiar story, and then sort the characters by their friendly or unfriendly traits. As a class, they read the story Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and analyze character actions to determine which character should falls under the friendly or unfriendly classification. 
In this reading comprehension lesson, 5th graders, after reading the novel, Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli analyze characters and their roles in other peoples lives. Students interact with plot conflicts and character relationships. Students fill out 2 specific charts as directed. Students relate how people change over time in the novel and then relate similiar changes in their own lives with an array of pictures that they are asked to bring to class.
Students read the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and discuss "The American Dream" and explore how the social, educational, economical and political climate of the 1950's affected African Americans' quest for "The American Dream".
I can't wait to try this activity with my class. It's versatile and could be modified to fit any character analysis lesson. To analyze characters thoroughly, learners create life boxes. Each box will pertain to a character from any Shakespeare play and will contain items relating to that character. They need to use evidence from the text to validate their choice of items.
Fairy tales can be a motivating way to introduce students to a variety of topics, including literary analysis.
Short stories often are a venue through which writers can express their opinions on society. Read Thank You Ma'am with your eighth graders and reflect upon the commentary exhibited. Anticipatory and post-reading questions are included along with character analysis activities.
Second graders understand the story elements in the book Dear Mr. Blueberry. In this directed reading lesson, 2nd graders complete a story plan explaining the elements of the story. Students read specific letters in the book and discuss critical thinking questions based on the information in the letters.
Young scholars conduct Internet research on the Dust Bowl before participating in a group activity about the characters from "The Grapes of Wrath". As part of a character analysis, they collaboratively write a dramatic monologue for their character. Groups write their monologue based on given criteria.
Learners learn to analyze traits of the main character after reading Holes by Louis Sachar. For this character analysis lesson, students illustrate one of the characters at their workplace 20 years in the future.
Are you thinking of reading Any Small Goodness with your learners? Engage them with these worksheets. Sharpen prediction and response skills, in addition to creating a character analysis map. Also included, are some thoughtfully-written questions about each chapter. Simply outstanding!
Learners examine different pieces of literature that have a similiar theme. They read an article about reusing ideas for television shows. They work together to create their own program proposals. They also create backstories for one of the characters in their program.
Through this three-day lesson, learners will develop an understanding of several elements of narration such as plot, characterization, setting, point of view, and theme. Reading several fiction texts and taking notes using dialectical journaling, your class will make analytical observations, comparisons, and ask textual questions. Using the data collected, they will present their findings in an analysis. Home connections, extensions, and differentiation activities included.
Sixth graders demonstrate comprehension of specific text by making inferences on the material and referring back to portions of the text. They use Inspiration to create a graphic organizer showing comprehension of the reading material.
Students examine a review of several of the new television series launching in the Fall 1999 season and interpret how a critic discusses the notion of 'repurposing' old shows. They work in small groups to create basic character sketches and setti