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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.
Blending Costa & Kallick's 16 Habits of Mind, personality type, and project-based learning in your classroom.
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.
Learners explore community service.  In this character development and community lesson, students sing a song based on the fable The Lion and the Mouse. Learners participate in a discussion about kindness, and generate ideas for community service projects in which they might demonstrate kindness.
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.
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. A great way to finish a great book.
Center content-integrated lessons around the timeless holiday book, The Polar Express.
Students explore character development in novels. In this literacy instructional activity, students read Tom Sawyerand visit the home of Mark Twain on a field trip or a virtual tour. Students create a character from the book out of a Pringles can and art materials, choose objects that represent the character to put in the can, and make an oral presentation about their project.
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. Following, a short film clip will be viewed provoking a class discussion on character development. To sum up the lesson each pupil will create a wordless storyboard depicting the film. 
High schoolers read and analyze A Streetcar Named Desire. Group activities, web resources, and creative assignments are used to understand the analysis and context of this famous play.
Third graders are introduced to character, plot development, point of view, and tone through the use of comic strips. They, in pairs, identify these four attributes in the comic strip and present their findings to the class.
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. Next, they create storyboards of the visuals they wish to portray. This lesson plan helps with character and plot development and would be a good addition to a narrative writing unit.
High schoolers explore Greek mythology. For this Greek mythology lesson students read myths, distinguish between the types and analyze a character from Greek mythology in a five paragraph essay.
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. They then use those elements to work as a class and compose an original narrative.
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.
What really knocks me out about this project list is that when you're done reading about the projects, you wish you could do them all. I'm not kidding. There are 16 terrific ideas and that doesn't happen very often.
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.
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.
For this character development worksheet, students write the characteristics of the first character in the story they are reading. They note the characters name, age, appearance, favorite things, and other important details.
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!

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