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Protagonist

For Teachers 4th Standards
Teach your class how to identify the protagonist in a story. The plan suggests starting with a protagonist from a tale you have previously read in class. Then, you can read a new story and work together to identify the protagonist,...
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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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Writing Character Editorials

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Should Goldilocks have entered the bear's home? Select a popular children's story (like Goldilocks and the Three Bears) and model taking a stance either supporting or challenging the protagonist's actions. Then, after they understand the...
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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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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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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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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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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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Points of View

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Cinderella is a classic love story when Cinderella is the protagonist—but what happens if a stepsister tells the story? Focus on point of view with a instructional activity about fairy tales and story elements. After reading a few...
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Translation Into Reality

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students read a variety of short stories that focus on teenage protagonists. In groups, they answer comprehension questions and discuss the characters and setting for each story. Individually, they choose one writing assignment to...
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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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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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Dramatic Structure

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
As part of an lesson involving literature or writing, have your learners watch and discuss this presentation on plot development. In a series of slides, viewers engage in an activity to explore dramatic structure, including plot...
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Maniac Magee: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
The protagonist of Jerry Spinelli's novel, Maniac Magee, has lived a very unusual life. Scholars learn all about it with a helpful companion to the novel. Pupils answer reading comprehension questions and summarize their reading with...
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
What important characteristics do typical literary protagonists and antagonists possess? Using an informative novel study that covers The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, scholars answer questions about the text and...
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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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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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Why Should You Read "Don Quixote"?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What value could there possibly be in a story about a man who sets out to fight windmills? Turns out, quite a bit! A video and interactive lesson about the novel Don Quixote sets out to explain the answer to the question. Viewers track...
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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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