Character Development Teacher Resources
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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.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Upper graders use the characters from the book, Tacky the Penguin, and develop a specifically chosen character. They write complete sentences, using proper form (i.e. capitalization, punctuation, etc),read other students' sentences, and build onto those sentences by further developing the character previously chosen, and collaborate with the other students work in the class to create a complete paragraph.
3rd - 6th English Language Arts
Character Development Project
Read Dangerous Minds with your language learning disabled pupils to identify characteristics and connect to literature. This is a specific activity intended for use with the suggested book. The class uses a character map as a way to compose their own chapter or journal entry for the book they have read.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Quiet on the Set!
In pairs learners perform a silent skit portraying relationships between two known characters from a popular book or a play for their classmates. Next, the class will read and discuss a NYTimes article about a film school in the Bronx that influences urban teens positively through acting.
7th - 12th English Language Arts
A Christmas Carol: Discovering Treasures in Your Life
Students research language arts by analyzing several holiday stories. In this character development lesson, 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.
4th - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Real Life Economics 101
Your learners will take key economic concepts, such as identifying needs versus wants and the four factors of production, and design a video to explain their topic choice to the class. Rather than have one person in charge of dispensing all information, this project allows for whole-group collaboration and creativity!
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Fahrenheit 451 Character Development
Faber, one of the character’s in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 observes, “Remember, the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord.” As an assessment, ask your pupils to select a quote from their reading, identify the speaker, and explain the significance of the line to the story.
8th - 11th English Language Arts
Writing a Narrative Movie Script with the Use of a Viewfinder
And...action! Turn your middle schoolers into filmmakers with this writing and visual arts lesson plan. After reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers, they create a viewfinder using an empty toilet paper roll to make a storyboard for their narrative movie script.
5th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Provided here is a packet of worksheets to accompany The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. To start, readers research words commonly associated with the time period. Then, a list of 30 tough vocabulary words are listed (including elegiac, marquees, and decorously).
10th - 12th English Language Arts
Does your class love reading cartoons? Use their talents and interests to examine the process of writing a story they wish to tell through a cartoon. They develop the beginning, middle, and end of a story based on their original characters, which they will then animate.
3rd - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Around the Room Short Story
Collective story writing is a great way to reinforce the concept of story elements and collaborative learning. Young writers discuss story elements such as, setting, character, action, climax, conclusion, foreshadowing, dialogue, and theme.
4th - 7th English Language Arts
New Review Literature Circle Guide: The Sign of the Beaver
A thorough, straightforward guide for organizing literature circles in your unit on Elizabeth George Speare's The Sign of the Beaver is both enriching and educational. It includes activities that activate prior knowledge, discussion questions about characterization and plot, and projects after kids have finished reading.
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Creating an Original Opera
This may be a lot to ask of a high schooler, but then again, who knows? Pupils work in groups to explore, write, and then perform an original opera. They view versions of The Magic Flute and La Traviata, then compose a plot, characters, script, and music which will become their original opera.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson 3: Creating Well Developed Characters
Through deep class discussion and peer-to-peer collaboration, young novelists begin to create a well-developed character for their narratives. They discuss physical and abstract antagonists, character types, and character traits. This is only one part of a longer project, but it could be incorporated into any writing unit.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
The End: Special Lesson Plan
Setting the stage, creating characters, and establishing a suspenseful storyline can be a tricky task. Young authors read the story The End as a model of good and organized writing. They analyze the writer's techniques and employ them in their own creative work.
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Characters from a Box
Character analysis is a skill we use when we read literary works or want to write a good story. Learners will use drama to practice character analysis while focusing on the details that make characters act the way they do. They'll each chose an item from a box, put it on, and then think of who the character is, how they act, where they came from.
5th English Language Arts
So Much Depends Upon...
Examine voice and word choice in poetry with this Six Traits of Writing lesson. After listening to Love that Dog by Sharon Creech and The Red Wheel Barrow by William Carlos William, middle schoolers create their own sixteen-word poems beginning with "So much depends upon.
4th - 7th English Language Arts
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Sketching a Portrait--Character Traits
Use this handout to focus on the character traits of George and Lennie in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Readers are given a set of specific traits to search for in the first chapter. They are required to list two textual examples of each trait.
6th - 9th English Language Arts