What a Character!

Guide your readers to explore character traits. As a class, discuss and record the traits of a commonly-known fairy tale character. Then do the same with the main character in the class novel. Finally, have learners use magazines and other art materials to create a collage that represents the character and his/her traits. If needed, review with the class the elements of effective collage and show examples. (New teacher tip: If you haven't had enough time in the classroom yet to accumulate samples of high quality student work, ask other teachers if they have samples you can borrow to show your class. I like to show varying levels of work as a kind of exemplar to accompany the rubric.) This would also make a good independent reading response project to present to the class. Includes links to two useful supplemental lessons on characterization.

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