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Character Analysis Teacher Resources
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Explore literature after reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Sixth and seventh graders compare and contrast the setting, motivation, theme, and characterization of each novel before analyzing them individually.
Young thespians can try their hand at writing a script and acting out a scene, while gaining a deeper understanding of the universal topics presented in Shakespeare's wide array of plays. Begin the instructional activity by conducting a compare and contrast of a Shakespearean play with its modern film adaptation, and then turn groups loose to reinterpret a scene of their choosing.
If you are using literature circles in your class, this worksheet is for you! It outlines one role of a member of a literature circle: character analyzer. They write about the characters, describing them using evidence from the text and comparing them to real people. The character analyzer brings the worksheet to the literature circle to discuss. Could be used for any book or piece of literature.
This story is bound to motivate your class. Learners read a story called Elena by Diane Stanley. The story is about a young woman who marries for love but is soon widowed during the Mexican Revolution. She takes her children to California where she starts a new life. This resource provides comprehension questions, literary analysis experiences, and a writing exercise.
This lesson will focus on the aspects of Shakespeare's comedy that become more evident in performance. By viewing clips of the same Shakespeare scene in different film versions, high schoolers have the opportunity to engage in a close critical analysis and to compare the play to its film version.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is the focus of the activities that accompany student Jeremy Zinn’s short story, “Goodbye, Grandpa.” Readers engage in a discussion and debate about the nature of character change and motivation throughout the story. They use supporting details and textual evidence to validate their claims. Two teacher guides and the story are attached.
Before diving into their first literary analysis, review this presentation with your class. They study sentence patterns, figurative and literal language, tone, mood, and diction as they relate to literature. Examples are given, but what's really beneficial is that the resource offers Quick Check slides, which are opportunities to make sure your class is on the right track! Check out this interactive PowerPoint; it might be useful!
First and second graders explore character as a story element. They listen to the first part of the story First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and observe the teacher modeling a compare and contrast characters activity. Learners listen to the last part of the story, then complete a Venn diagram comparing themselves to the teacher character in the book.
Practice story analysis in a narrative writing activity. Elementary and middle schoolers analyze a movie's characters, setting, dialogue, and theme. They use these elements and analysis to create a new story about the characters. A great way to get kids thinking about the character/plot relationship. This would be a helpful addition to your narrative writing unit.