Understanding Protagonists and Antagonists

This Understanding Protagonists and Antagonists worksheet also includes:

How can you tell if a character is a villain? What about a hero? Work on literary analysis with an engaging language arts learning exercise. After completing an activity about the four types of conflict, learners fill out a character map about a fictional character and his or her traits.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a narrative writing unit, or when analyzing characters in a short story or novel
  • Have your class turn their character maps into creative stories
  • Encourage small groups to come up with a unique character profile, and combine the characters in a class story with interesting plot turns and conflicts
  • Lead a discussion in which your class decides whether characters in a popular movie or show are heroes or villains (bring in examples of movies in which characterization is not so black and white)
Classroom Considerations

  • The example for Man versus Himself describes a teen who fights the urge to commit sins, which may require clarification or rewording by a teacher

  • Encourages analytic thinking when it comes to characters, as one section prompts learners to note whether heroes can have weaknesses or villains can have positive attributes
  • Versatile for any reading level, grade level, and language arts curriculum

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