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.

Inferring About Characters Based on How They Respond to Challenges (Chapter 4: "Los Higos/Figs")

How do you know what a character's personality is like if an author doesn't tell you? With a focus on character development in Esperanza Rising, pupils complete a jigsaw activity to analyze the actions of Mama, Abuelita, and Miguel. Once group members have shared with their expert group and their own group of three, they compare and contrast the other characters to Esperanza. Class members must make inferences using author details and character behavior. During this well-sequenced lesson, learners will complete a quiz, participate in a jigsaw activity, create posters and charts, and write briefly for an exit ticket, and close with a discussion about human rights.

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?

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.


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!

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.

Powerpoint Presentation (Part 2 of 3)

Fractured Fairy Tales get a technology twist when a PowerPoint presentation is used to highlight changed elements of a classic storiy. A class discussion about setting, characters, and story action provide a basis for learners to complete a four-slide presentation. Additional time may be needed for projects that are not completed due to time necessary for exploring online images and clip-art. Note: the Fractured Fairy Tales link is not available, but the rubric link is working.  

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!

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.

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