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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.
Students 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. Students complete a worksheet in which they demonstrate the similarities and differences between the main characters in both stories.
Blending Costa & Kallick's 16 Habits of Mind, personality type, and project-based learning in your classroom.
Students explore Greek mythology. In this Greek mythology lesson plan students read myths, distinguish between the types and analyze a character from Greek mythology in a five paragraph essay.
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.
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.
Students discover characterization techniques and methods. In this characterization lesson, students choose favorite fiction characters and discuss what makes a character come alive. Students 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students participate in a simulation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this hands-on American history instructional activity, 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 instructional activity.
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.
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 plan on personification, character development, or even verbs. A verb is an action and each child's creation can exemplify a motive and an action.
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 instructional activity, 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.
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.
Learners engage in a long term unit concerning world theatre history. They use guided questions in order to conduct research to cover the history of theatre in different time periods. During the class the teacher lectures and the students take notes to add to internet research.
Students create learning log journals and creative projects about helping others. In this circle justice lesson, students read Touching Spirit Bear and watch Pay it Forward. Students discuss the themes of both works and analyze the actions of the characters as they consider how they can contribute to making the world a better place.
Students create a cooperative carousel and a creative project on the idea that each person has an impact on others. In this Touching Spirit Bear lesson, students participate in a sharing circle to discuss the importance of the choices a person makes and the effect on those around him/her. Students keep lexicon study cards, a journal and a learning log.

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