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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.
Teaching characterization can be a creative, engaging experience for students.
Students learn characterization by writing about a special person in their life.
Students practice identifying and creating examples of characterization based on comprehension. They assess direct and indirect characterization and use conflict in a plot to generate a piece of writing. Each student selects accurate adjectives and verbs to write responses to literature.
Looks, says, does. Show your writers how to bring characters to life. Color-coded slides highlight various methods of characterization and how to spot clues to a character’s motivation. A great addition to your curriculum library!
In this To Kill a Mockingbird characterization worksheet, students compete a characterization chart on several characters from the novel. The chart is detailed and includes both direct and indirect characterization categories.
Students develop original characters as protagonists and antagonists. In this characterization lesson, students write brief character sketches for their original characters. Students also assess each others characters by exchanging character sketches using the unit-to-unit cables provided. Students follow prompts designed to facilitate meaningful critiques.
John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is known for rich character development. Expose your class to indirect characterization and all that it involves with this worksheet. Learners look at quotes, determine what method of characterization is demonstrated in each quote, and describe what the quote shows about the character. Great for a homework assignment or a quick review of indirect characterization, this resource is nicely formatted and clear.
Here’s a video that examines direct and indirect characterization in a story. Using “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” as an anchor text, the narrator highlights words and phrases that reveal character traits and models how to determine if these are examples are direct or indirect methods of characterization. The narrator then considers why Bierce might have presented Peyton Farquhar in this fashion. The second of a six-part close reading series, the video could easily stand alone, but would work best if readers were familiar with the story and if used with the other videos in the series.
High schoolers garner knowledge of characterization of the pilgrims in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and see that even the less savory characters must be flushed out in description of personality and physical traits.
Young scholars use excerpts from the book, "Pappa's Parrot," in order to discuss the direct and indirect characterization of the characters they are reading about. In this characterization lesson plan, students choose examples of each type of characterization that are embedded in the plan.
Students complete characterization activities for the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In this characterization lesson, students analyze the characters of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Becky Thatcher to complete character sketches. Students also identify 3 sayings in Tom Sawyer to explain and illustrate.
Using a character map, learners assign traits to characters from Nicholasa Mohr’s El Bronx Remembered: A Novella and Stories. In addition, groups record evidence from the stories to justify the labels and use these sheets to prepare for a Jeopardy character identification game. The richly detailed plan, which familiarizes readers with the process of characterization, includes links to templates used in the activities.
Students hone their skills at identifying the principle story in a work of art and text. Through discussion, students assess the central and supporting stories of a work of art that is characterized by multiple layers of action and meaning.
“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.
What does a speech reveal about the speaker? Pupils explore this question and more as they conduct a close reading of Sojourner Truth's speech. Class members activate a series of skills related to the Common Core as they analyze the text, including citing textual evidence, writing analytical commentary, using research skills, and executing a questioning strategy.
In this characterization learning exercise, students complete a graphic organizer by adding details about the traits of characters in books or short stories they have read.
In this characterization graphic organizer instructional activity, students provide examples of the speech, appearance, private thoughts, and actions of a character from a novel. Students also note how other characters react to the character.
In this characterization analysis worksheet, students complete the chart for a character. Students write about the character's speech, appearance, private thoughts, other character's feelings about them, and character's actions.
In this methods of characterization worksheet, learners respond to 5 short answer questions about characters in books they are reading.