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Young scholars 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.
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 instructional activity, 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.
Second graders investigate character analysis, sequence of events, and main ideas and supporting details. In this story mapping activity, 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.
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.
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.
Second graders use literature journals and discussion groups to summarize and improve their reading comprehension. In this reading skills lesson, 2nd graders discuss animals they've loved and read the story The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Students complete a character analysis group activity and a computer writing activity.
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.
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.
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.
Eighth graders compare and contrast the motivations and reactions of literary characters from different historical eras confronting similar situations and conflicts. In this history lesson, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students write a biographical poem. They read "Adelita," a Mexican Cinderella story. Students analyze character traits of Adelita. They write a biographical poem about her. Students write a biographical poem about themselves.
Ninth graders read Romeo and Juliet. They complete a character analysis on one of the major players and present it in an informative and entertaining way. They rewrite and perform one scene from another character's point of view.
In this character worksheet, students complete an analysis of two characters they have read about in a book or heard about in a story.
Do your readers need help keeping straight the minor characters in Great Expectations? 15 characters are identified, as are their relationships to others in Dickens’ novel.
Need a review of the key players in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations? Characters are identified and their roles detailed; however, no specifics from the novel are provided to support the descriptions. Beware the typos!