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Characterization

For Teachers 5th
In this collection, students learn about direct and indirect characterization through a series of lessons, worksheets,  and graphic organizers.Students will also use Waggle Learning Goals' adaptive practice to work at their own pace....
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Key Ideas and Details—Reading Literature: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
CCSS: RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3 - these Common Core standards are oriented around reading literature with an emphasis on themes, characterization, details, and ideas. Many of the resources in this collection use separate anchor...
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How Will You Describe Me?

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
There are many ways to describe people. Their physical appearances, personality traits, and behaviors are a few examples. This also applies to characters in literature, and it is important for our children to be able to identify obvious...
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EngageNY Grade 9 ELA: Module 1, Unit 3

For Teachers 9th Standards
Here's a fresh approach to Romeo and Juliet. Class members conduct close readings of key portions of the text, examine representations of the play in other media, like in Baz Luhrmann's film and Marc Chagall's painting, and participate...
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA: Module 1, Unit 2: "Letters to a Young Poet"

For Teachers 9th Standards
Through a close reading of excerpts from fiction (Black Swan Green) and nonfiction (Letters to a Young Poet), class members analyze how authors use specific words and figurative language to develop their central ideas. All eleven lessons...
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The Golden Compass: Character Study

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Use Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass to explore rich character development and symbolism in a way your students will thoroughly enjoy! Find everything you need here in this two-part collection, including worksheets, character mapping,...
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Lord of the Flies: The End of Innocence

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Boys become beasts in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Explore their progressive transition with a collection of materials for a novel unit, including a presentation with background information, lessons on literary elements from the...
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA: Module 1, Unit 2

For Teachers 10th Standards
Ethan Canin's short story "The Palace Thief" is the anchor text in a unit that teaches 10th grades close reading skills. Class members gather evidence for an expository essay in which they analyze how how the author uses the interactions...
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Elements of Literature: Characterization

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Looks, says, does. Show your writers how to bring characters to life. Color-coded slides highlight various methods of characterization and how to spot clues to a character’s motivation. A great addition to your curriculum library! 
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Sketching a Portrait--Characterization

For Students 6th - 9th
John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is known for rich character development. Expose your class to indirect characterization and all that it involves with this worksheet. Learners look at quotes, determine what method of characterization is...
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Characterization

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
A 46-slide presentation focuses 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 provide lots of great ideas...
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Characterization Worksheet

For Students 7th - 12th
Use any story with this characterization worksheet! On the first page is a graphic organizer that encourages the reader to look for examples of direct characterization. On page two, read about direct and indirect characterizations,...
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Harriet Tubman: Characterization

For Students 2nd - 5th
Young readers learn about a hero of the Underground Railroad in this short passage that highlights the fundamentals of Tubman's story. In the graphic organizer that follows, they track her character by citing her actions and other clues....
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Methods of Characterization

For Teachers 4th - 6th
The best stories usually have the best characters and identifying characterization in literature is key to fostering good writing skills. The four most common characterizations are defined in this slide show. Each slide presents a...
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Characterization of Mice and Men

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Using a SMART board presentation (provided), your class discusses the characterization of Lenny, George, Curley, Curley's wife, and the farmhands in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. The presentation includes a list of traits for...
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Direct and Indirect Characterization

For Students 9th - 10th
How does an author develop his or her characters? Using the short story "On the Bridge" by Todd Strasser, readers study character development by looking for examples of both direct and indirect characterization. They plot these points on...
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Characterizations: Indirect and Direct

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Connect literature to narrative writing by researching descriptive writing techniques. Elementary and middle schoolers identify the importance of a narrator and voice in the storytelling process. They read writing samples and identify...
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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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Character in Place: Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” for the Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do writers use the interaction between elements like characterization and setting to create meaning? Readers of "A Worn Path" create a series of comic book-style graphics of Eudora Welty's short story and reflect on how Welty uses...
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Characterization

For Students 5th - 6th
In this characterization worksheet, learners fill out a graphic organizer chart. Students write the character's name in the center and an example of each of the 4 characterization methods by the author. There are instructions to help.
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The Impact of Characterization

For Teachers 6th
How does an author's choice of characters impact a story? That is the question this language arts lesson plan tries to answer. After reading two short stories, pupils explore the characters in the stories by rotating through five...
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Character Grid

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Characters are built with more than just what the author directly says about a character (ex: she is smart). Help your pupils focus on several elements of characterization with a graphic organizer that has space for two characters....
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Interpreting the Story: Characterization and Plot

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Imagine being trapped in a junkyard on Halloween by a drunken gunman! The main characters in Robert Jennings’ short story “Junkyard Jaunt,” have very different responses to this dilemma and readers will enjoy examining the personalities...
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Characterization and Theme: "A Start"

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Explore with your class how Elizabeth Buhot develops the theme of alienation in the way she depicts the isolation of her characters in “A Start.” The richly detailed plan includes a reading check, discussion questions, vocabulary...

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