Oliver Twist


In this language arts worksheet, 5th graders will read a portion from "Oliver Twist." Students are then asked to write their thoughts as to what life would be like to live as an orphan.

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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. A verb is an action and each child's creation can exemplify a motive and an action.

Clues to a Character through Text

Readers will read a text and fill out a character map based on the characters in that text. They will explore different qualities of each character for their map. this can be modified to support younger learners. They will learn about personality traits, physical choices, vocal choices, and the character's conversation.

Oliver Twist Goes to Hollywood

How does Oliver Twist, the novel written by Charles Dickens, compare with its screenplay adaptation? Although the activity doesn't require learners to have read the novel, the similarities and differences of the highlighted passages would be best understood by those who have. After identifying and discussing the differences, have learners choose their favorite book. Has this book been made into a movie? What aspects should remain true to the story's plot line?


Here is a 46-slide presentation whose focus is on ways to describe characters in stories, how to create story characters, and how to show a character's personality in a student-created story. The colorful and engaging slides give lots and lots of great ideas for characterization. An excellent PowerPoint!

Character Development-Nanavi, A Girl from Benin, West Africa

Young scholars examine the ways a character changes throughout the course of a story.  For this literary analysis lesson, students discuss a story that spans three years in a young girl's life.  Young scholars analyze the changes the girl experiences in her life in the context of the overall plot of the story.  Students complete a handout that compares two different years of the girl's life.

Yellow Bird and Me

Upper elementary artists create works which demonstrate an understanding of the many elements of theater and the visual arts. This four-day plan combines many wonderful aspects of visual, musical, and theatrical arts into one very engaging and rich educational experience. Some worksheets which are embedded in the plan will help you to implement the lesson quite effectively. Very good!

Art and Writing 

Students examine the writing process by describing a piece of art.  In this art analysis lesson, students examine a painting in a museum and write a story describing the painting to someone who has never seen it before.  Students create an original short story based on the feelings and mood presented in the painting.

Character Traits

Students analyze and identify character traits. They be asked to listen carefully to the description of the character Mrs. Winterbottom taken from the novel Walk Two Moons to develop their character analysis skills.

Comparing/Contrasting Characters-A Taste of Blackberries

Chapter 1 of A Taste of Blueberries provides an opportunity for young readers to compare and contrast the two main characters in this story. Using a Venn diagram, readers locate similarities and differences between Jamie and the narrator and use sticky notes to mark passages where they find information for their diagram.

Character Traits in Fables

Combining art, music, dance, and reading comprehension, this lesson is geared to reach all ability levels. After reading a variety of fables and discussing story elements and character traits, class members select a moral to use as the basis of their own fable about two characters, one with foibles and one without. Your fabulists then collaborate on a class mural, a music composition, and a dance which reflect the traits of characters in their stories. Document it all on a class website.

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