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Study folklore and its various criteria with your class. Young readers write original folktales and create visual displays. Individuals present their works to the rest of the class and compare the features of their stories with the original work. Many different lessons and activities are included to introduce this genre to your learners.
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.
Students identify characteristics and stereotypes about people who live in the Appalachians. In this literary analysis instructional activity, students discuss characteristics that describe Appalachians then read the novel Christy to determine whether the author gave the characters stereotypical characteristics. After, students create a poster depicting a "real" Appalachian.
Tired of the five-paragraph essay? Try this unique project idea that can be adapted for any novel. Readers creatively explore character, setting, and plot with a scrapbooking assignment. This source includes a sample project for How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, which explains both the format and assessment of the assignment. Although this project is involved and time-consuming, it could be a great way to get your class to engage deeply with all aspects of a novel.
The protagonist in Laurie Lawlor's book Addie in Charge is the subject of character analysis essays for upper primary learners. Whole class discussion elicits character traits which writers use to construct a character web in Inspiration. From there, they write an essay in Word. Not much procedural detail is included and link to rubric isn't functional.
Students identify character traits for the characters from Charlotte's Web and define friendship. In this Charlotte's Web lesson, students examine the characters and their traits for the story. Students list five traits about themselves and discuss with a partner. Students may also write traits they see in people from their class. Students complete the sentence starter, "A friend is..." for a Charlotte's Web display.
Using a SMART board presentation (provided), your class discusses the characterization of Lenny, George, Curley, Curley's wife, and the farmhands in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. The presentation includes a list of traits for learners to drag to certain characters, as well as pictures that represent each character. The end of the lesson will have them discussing the theme of the story. Teachers need to have a SMART board to use the attached presentation.