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Antagonist

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Young learners explore the antagonist. They retell Hansel and Gretel and identify the witch and the stepmother as antagonists. They then brainstorm common character traits of an antagonist, and then write a paragraph describing an...
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The Nature of the Antagonist

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Darth Vader, The Wicked Witch of the West, Shere Khan, Moby Dick...these are some of the most famous villains in film and literature. Study the four categories of conflict with your class and have them finish the day by creating a...
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The Nature of the Antagonist

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students explain the differences between protagonists and antagonists in literature and recognize the fundamental purpose of an antagonist or villain in storytelling. They also explain conflict as used in literature.
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The Antagonist's Point of View

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Analyzing literary antagonists is a first step to creating memorable characters in student writing.
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Creating Villains

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The villain is sometimes the best character in a book. They are usually troubled, dynamic, and will do anything to stop the main character. Have your class better understand villainous antagonists by creating one in class. They work...
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Create a Villain!

For Students 3rd - 9th
A villain is necessary in any great story! As your creative writers begin brainstorming characters, remind them not to skimp on their antagonist. This learning exercise helps guide learners in detailing a villain, and adds some silliness...
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Creating Interesting Characters

For Teachers 7th - 9th
What makes a story interesting? Complex characters! As part of a series of worksheets that prepares middle schoolers to write their own novel, the exercises included explain the role of the protagonist, the antagonist, and the supporting...
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Understanding Protagonists and Antagonists

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
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...
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The Nature of the Antagonist

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explain the differences between protagonists and antagonists and recognize the fundamental purpose of an antagonist or villain in storytelling. They also explain conflict as used in literature.
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Story Elements

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Middle schoolers in particular will benefit from this simple presentation. Forty slides cover story elements like the protagonist, antagonist, and setting, and literary devices are also included. Some examples are given, but for the most...
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Writing a Myth

For Students 5th - 8th
Use this writing prompt and brainstorming page to help your pupils prepare to write their own myths. Individuals must choose a natural event to explain, come up with a protagonist and an antagonist, determine a setting, and think of a...
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A Lesson Before Dying: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Introduce protagonists, antagonists, antiheros, and foils to your unit on Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying. After reading the first 13 chapters from the book, learners discuss Grant's behavior and reactions to different events,...
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Assessing Character and Characterization

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students develop original characters as protagonists and antagonists. In this characterization lesson, students write brief character sketches for their original characters. Students also assess each others characters by exchanging...
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To Kill a Mockingbird: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What does Scout learn about herself from the other characters in Harper Lee's tale? Groups are assigned two different secondary characters, compile a list of the character's traits, and, using evidence from the text, consider what Scout...
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Bless Me, Ultima: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"It seemed the more I knew about people the more I knew about the strange magic hidden in their hearts." Ultima's strange magic and the hidden hearts of Narciso, Tenorior, and the other foils in Bless Me, Ultima, are examined in the...
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Vantage Points: Unit 1 Task 3

For Teachers 7th Standards
This activity spans five days and culminates in a role-play where judges consider the arguments of each learners to determine the top five villains or heroes of all time. Learners discuss characterization of heroes and villains, theme,...
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Lesson 3: Creating Well Developed Characters

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Through deep class discussion and peer-to-peer collaboration, young novelists begin to create a well-developed character for their narratives. They discuss physical and abstract antagonists, character types, and character traits. This is...
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My Ántonia: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore the motivations and personalities of the main characters from Willa Cather's My Ántonia. Once kids have finished Book One of the novel, have them work in groups to analyze Ántonia Shimerda, Jim Burden, Mr. Shimerda, Lena Lingard,...
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Creating Conflict

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Conflict can be fun! Or at least it can be, if it forms the basis of a novel plot. This resource, part of a NaNoWriMo series of worksheets that prepares middle schoolers to write their own novel, presents the element of conflict. After...
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The Call of the Wild: Characters

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Cover the canine characters in The Call of the Wild through discussion and writing. Small groups complete a jigsaw-style activity, with each group focusing on one dog and using textual evidence to back up their ideas. Next, individuals...
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Character Unit

For Students 4th Standards
Discuss the character traits of a protagonist with a set of activities focused on literature and informational texts. As your class analyzes the differences between protagonists and antagonists, they determine each character's part in a...
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Story Literary Elements

For Teachers 6th - 8th
A lesson on the literary elements necessary for a story, this energetic slide show might be just what you are looking for! Cover the following terms: foreshadowing, protagonist, conflict, characters, setting, climax, setting, point of...
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Character Builder

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Characters in a story are more than a name to remember. Use a character builder worksheet to write out a character's appearance, background, personality, attributes, and story relevance, including whether they are a main or minor...
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Character in a Bag

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Develop a mystery character using clues from a bag. This engaging activity will help learners understand character traits. They develop a list of the items from the bag, discuss and develop the character with a partner, and create a...

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