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Learners discover characterization techniques and methods. For this characterization lesson, students choose favorite fiction characters and discuss what makes a character come alive. Learners 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.
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. For 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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
In this characterization instructional activity, learners complete a graphic organizer by adding details about the traits of characters in books or short stories they have read.
In this methods of characterization worksheet, students respond to 5 short answer questions about characters in books they are reading.
In this characterization graphic organizer worksheet, 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 reading comprehension worksheet, high schoolers respond to 8 short answer questions based on characterization techniques used in the Sherlock Holmes series. 
Read then role-play the characters from story of If You Give A Pig a Pancake. Young actors use improvisation and characterization to create the characters from the story. They will also write and role play original version of the story (this can be done in a group with younger learners).
In this characterization worksheet, students complete the bubble chart for a character they have read about in a book. Students write the name of the character in the center, use one bubble for what the character says about him or herself, and the remaining bubbles for what other characters say about the main character.
Learners examine the methods of effective characterization. In this writing skills lesson, students discuss how emotions, dialogue, actions, and physical descriptions build believable characters. Learners then use the methods of characterization in their own writing.
Teaching characterization can be a creative, engaging experience for students.
Students learn characterization by writing about a special person in their life.
Students examine the literary terms "round character" and "characterization" through the play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare. They view and discuss examples of clip art, video, and comic strips, and describe the character traits. Students then watch the video "Exploring Shakespeare" and describe character changes in a series of comic strips.
Students participate in 8 guided reading sessions in which they read the novel, Circle of Gold, by Candy Dawson Boyd. They focus on and discuss characterization, synthesis, analysis, and predicting. They complete journal entries and worksheets.

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