Character Development Teacher Resources
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History: Napoleon Becomes a Man of Destiny
Students analyze the forces that shape character development, including the role of historical events. Students contrast the ethos of the Ancient Regime with the new ideals awakened by the French Revolution.
A Christmas Carol: Discovering Treasures in Your Life
Young scholars research language arts by analyzing several holiday stories. In this character development activity, students read A Christmas Carol and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas while identifying the characters, plot and settings. Young scholars complete a worksheet in which they demonstrate the similarities and differences between the main characters in both stories.
Project-Based Learning & Leading Through the 16 Habits of Mind
Blending Costa & Kallick's 16 Habits of Mind, personality type, and project-based learning in your classroom.
Characters, Characterization & Character Development in Classical Greek Mythology
Learners explore Greek mythology. In this Greek mythology instructional activity students read myths, distinguish between the types and analyze a character from Greek mythology in a five paragraph essay.
Character Development Through Reader's Theater
Ninth graders study a piece of literature, adapt it into a script and perform the piece to the class. Students practice reading their scripts. They use Inspiration software to create a multimedia presentation.
Character in a Box
Partners choose, research, and analyze fictional or historical characters and design character life boxes to represent them. They also compose a rhyme royal, which they understand inductively by deconstructing examples. Based largely on the book/play The Shakespeare Stealer, but it's not necessary to complete this creative project.
Characterization in Literature
Learners discover characterization techniques and methods. In this characterization activity, students choose favorite fiction characters and discuss what makes a character come alive. Learners then describe a family member or a friend and create a character to use in a brief script. Students then trace the historical development of minor characters and flat vs. round characters.
Online - On Stage - and Action
Participate in a culture sharing project with a class in a foreign country. Your class can communicate and share ideas with a class in another country. Swap information regarding language and culture. Together you can study a common topic, view a professional play, discuss performance ideas. Next, create and record an original play to share with your new foreign friends. A very clever and comprehensive resource.
Students are introduced to the types of characters found in short stories. They read a short story in class and produce sketches of the protagonist and antagonist. Finally, they create their own characters and write about them in their own collaborative stories.
A Theater Workshop to Improve Character Development and Collaboration Skills
Students think more seriously about what they want to do for a living after high school. They investigate other options for success excluding the college tract. They explore the ramifications of every occupation and pursuit placing different demands on the human body.
Odyssey of the Mind Curriculum Activity: Fantastic Fairy Tale
Learning about literature can be so much fun; it can also be made more accessible through projects and dramatic play. As they explore theme, character, and setting, the class gets creative and makes a dramatic recreation of a classic fairy tale. There are three activity ideas here that will enhance any literature lesson on theme. In activity one, they create puppets and put on a fairy tale adaptation play. In activity two, they change the setting of a classic fairy tale to modern times, and in the third activity, they compare and contrast two similar fairy tales from different countries. These activities would work on their own, as a part of a unit, or as a differentiated learning option for advanced students.
We Tell Stories
Young readers bring characters to life by working in small groups to script and perform stories that contain a community concept. Detailed questions and activities are outlined for the class. Consider having your groups create poster-size illustrations to accompany their performance.
West with Lewis and Clark
Students participate in a simulation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this hands-on American history lesson, students become characters from the early 1800's and make the journey west. They write journal entries, make decisions, and participate in projects during the 4 weeks needed for this lesson.
Playwriting: Structural Tools
Ninth graders participate in improvisations, script analysis, writing, and creating written scenes. They identify language arts writing terms and identify them in a short story. Students use structural tools for dramatic scripts needed to build conflict and believable plots. The finished work will be 8 to 15 pages in length.
Horse Character: Ceramics Lesson
Animals oftentimes elicit various characteristics which make them symbolic or representative of human feeling, action, or emotion. The class creates horse characters out of clay to show character action and symbolism. This is a great project to use in conjunction with a lesson on personification, character development, or even verbs. A verb is an action and each child's creation can exemplify a motive and an action.
Personal Stories of the National Parks
Students explore historical information about U.S. national parks using the stories of Edward and Margaret Gehrke as a primary source document. In this United States geography, history, and literacy lesson, students view the diary entries of Edward and Margaret Gehrke written as they traveled through the national parks in the early 1900s. Students discuss the effectiveness of these diary entries as a storytelling tool, then plan and create their own multimedia storytelling project.
"The First Music"
First graders complete a variety of activities corresponding to the book "The First Music" by Dylan Pritchett. They discuss the concept of "first," listen to the story, and answer story comprehension questions. Students then complete an animal sounds worksheet.
Experiences of the Civil Rights Movement: A Roundtable Project
Students interview people who witnessed the civil rights movement firsthand and summarize their discussion. They participate in a simulation to experience the thoughts and emotions of the era. Students create a persona of a person who is affected by the Civil Rights Movement, either for or against, use the informtion from research, class discussions, and their interviews to help build their charcter's personality.
Direct and Indirect Characterization: A Tale of Two Cities --Mr. Lorry
“Very orderly and methodical he looked, with a hand on each knee, and a loud watch ticking a sonorous sermon under his flapped waistcoat, as though it pitted its gravity and longevity against the levity and evanescence of the brisk fire.” Dickens’ diction and syntax can cause readers, even those familiar with 19th Century prose, to stumble. Provide your pupils with an opportunity to tackle complex text with a series of exercises based on a brief excerpt from A Tale of Two Cities. Brief writing assignments, a fill-in-the-blank quiz, and guided questions for the passage are included in the plan.
Moral Development in Camus' The Stranger
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Readers of The Stranger rate Mersault’s moral development (or lack thereof) using Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development scale. Using specific references, class members analyze and synthesize the texts.