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288 resources with the keyterm characterization

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Greek Mythology Version 2.0: To Be or Not to Be an Epic Hero?

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Using The Odyssey in your classroom? Then this resource is for you. After listening to a reading of a portion of Book 9 of The Odyssey and watching a PowerPoint about Greek heroes, partners complete a "Think Pair Share" chart...
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Elements of Fiction

For Teachers 1st - 8th
The metaphor of a pot of soup and a series of colorful templates remind young writers of the elements that make for a rich story. Pepper the plot with carrot/character, potato/point of view, corn/conflict, tomato/theme, and season with...
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The Joy Luck Club: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young readers delve into The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan with a discussion and writing activity about characterization. After reading the first four chapters of the book, they discuss the various obstacles that the characters face, such as...
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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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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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To Kill a Mockingbird: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Readers of To Kill A Mockingbird are asked to select one child character and one adult character and examine how their views change over the course of the novel. In addition, groups search for evidence of how the events in the story...
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Literary Analysis Essays: Analyzing Character

For Teachers 7th - 12th
After an overview of the format of the literary analysis essay, viewers examine paragraphs that model “A,” “B,” “C,” and “D” level work. Each graded paragraph is followed with an analysis which explains the score. A real strength of the...
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Lord of the Flies Reading Guide

For Students 7th - 8th
Study characterization, plot, setting, and symbols in William Golding's Lord of the Flies with a thorough reading guide. It provides reading comprehension questions for each chapter, as well literary devices, symbols, and character...
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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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What a Character! Comparing Literary Adaptations

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What do Robert Downey Jr., Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Fritz Weaver, Roger Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daffy Duck have in common? Why, it’s elementary, my dear Watson! They all have portrayed Sherlock Holmes. Literary detectives...
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The Hobbit

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Here’s a series of exercises designed to be used after readers have finished reading The Hobbit. Pairs identify the speaker of a series of quotes, match characters with qualities, and provide evidence from the story to support their...
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Comic Book Characters

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Explore gender stereotypes by analyzing how male and female characters are depicted in comic books. Using the provided Comic Book Analysis sheet, students record the attributes of male and female comic book characters. Then the whole...
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What Makes a Novel a Novel?

For Students 4th - 8th
As your authors prepare to write a hypothetical novel, they need all the inspiration they can find! Using a book they have already read (and enjoyed), learners complete a literary analysis by filling in eight short-answer questions....
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Character Traits: Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Lensey Namioka’s Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear provides an opportunity for young readers to observe how writers bring their characters to life. Each class member selects a character to trace through the novel, recording...
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Creating a Heroic Character

For Teachers 6th - 8th
What do Columbus, Aeneas, Scarlet O’Hara, and Frederick Douglass have in common? How can a hero in one age be a villain in another? Does heroism depend on the context of time and place? Are there traits that all heroes share? After a...
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Analyzing Folklore: Redwall

For Teachers 8th
Brian Jacques’ novel Redwall provides the focus for a series of lessons involving the analysis of folklore. Adopting the persona of a character, groups write letters in the voice of their character, assemble a collage using Microsoft...
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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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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 worksheet helps guide learners in detailing a villain, and adds some silliness to keep...
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Dear Diary

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Work on narrative writing with this instructional activity, in which middle schoolers analyze the characters from a selected piece of literature and write narrative diary pieces as the character. They work to understand the point of view...
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Teach the Novels: an Educator's Guide to A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Moral choices arise when a character is imbued with great talent or super powers. A study of these choices form the basis of a unit focused on character development in the first two novels of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series. The...
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The "Write" Stuff: Strategies and Conventions for Imaginative Writing

For Teachers 6th
A comprehensive and immersive series of lessons that examines various aspects of story development leads learners into writing a narrative of their own. Writers develop an understanding of the writing process as they use the learning...
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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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Settings that Reinforce Characters

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
A vivid setting can bring a story to life. Challenge your writers to dive into this element as they complete worksheets in preparation for their first draft. This packet starts by giving an example of a description that simply tells who...
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Tuck Everlasting

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders use literary terms while discussing literature with their peers. They explore literature on a deeper level. Students formulate their opinions regarding response to literature, as this lesson helps students practice...
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Call of The Wild

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Prompt your class to interact with Jack London's Call of the Wild. By analyzing the events in the novel, middle schoolers discover how human experiences create who a person becomes. They critique and analyze the reading, focusing on...
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Theatrical Economics

For Teachers K - 3rd
Read then role-play the characters from story of If You Give A Pig a Pancake. Young actors use improvisation and characterization to create the characters from the story. They will also write and role play original version of the story...
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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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Page One Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"Call me Ishmael." "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." "It was a dark and stormy night. . ." Beginning at the beginning is one of the biggest challenges in writing. Here's an assignment that asks writers to draft the...
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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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Bless Me, Ultima: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"The ways of men are strange, and hard to learn." Or so Ultima, the curandera in Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima, tells Antonio. Yet Antonio does learn from the men in this story and groups consider what Antonio learns from Andrew,...
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The Things They Carried: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The seventh activity in a ten-part unit that uses The Things They Carried as the core text, looks at the evolution of Norman Bowker, a character who "almost won the silver star for valor." Readers are asked to consider whether there are...
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The Things They Carried: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"They all carried ghosts." Mitchell Sanders, Lieutenant Cross, Ted Lavender, Azar, Dave Jensen, Lee Strunk, Bob Kiley, Curt Lemon. Protagonists and antagonists? Major or minor characters? And what about Tim O'Brien? Author or character?...
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A Lesson Before Dying: Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Visualize the rich imagery from Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying with a discussion about setting. Kids reflect on the setting and its impact on the story before writing about various events and characterization. For homework,...
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The Grapes of Wrath: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Class groups adopt a character in The Grapes of Wrath and examine how the character has changed or failed to change by the time the Joad family reaches California. Individuals then examine either Tom and Casy or Ma and Rosasharn and, in...
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Book Trailer Projects From Classroom to Community

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Invite your pupils to express their understanding of a novel through a collaborative video project. Groups choose a novel from those you have studied in class, select four scenes, storyboard the scenes, film the scenes, edit the film,...
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The Outsiders Study Guide

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Provide this packet for your pupils as they pour over The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. The study guide includes graphic organziers and comprehension as well as higher-level questions. Class members briefly summarize each chapter, compare...
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A Wizard of Earthsea: Character Development

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Ged, the main character in A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, goes though many changes over the course of the novel. Ask your class to look at his development through the first eight chapters. Pupils discuss Ged's relationship...
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Character Sketch

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Zoom in on a single character's traits and actions. There is space here to write down details about the character's appearance, words, actions, and interactions. Pupils also note down the main impression they have about the character.
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Character Profile Chart

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Take note of six different character traits on a straightforward chart. Individuals write down the character's name and provide an example that demonstrates each character trait they note down.
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Voices In the Park

For Teachers 1st - 6th Standards
Explore the impact a narrator's point of view has on a story with a reading of the children's book, Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne. Written in four different voices, the story is told and retold from different perspectives to...
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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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Somewhere In The Darkness Guide Sheet 1 Pages 1-29

For Students 5th - 8th
Has your class just started Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers? This guide sheet, created for the first 29 pages of the novel, offers review of and practice with characterization, prediction, summary, and inference. Pupils...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 13: Character Development 2

For Teachers 6th Standards
Building upon prior lessons in the series, this reading and writing exercise requires pupils to look back at their own writing, track character development in the novel The Cay, and analyze how Phillip has changed. The reading focus is...
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“The Story of an Hour”: Extension Activities

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Enhance and extend instruction of "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin with one or all of these ideas. You might want to cover characterization and summary, or improve understanding of context clues and irony. You can cover any...
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Chapter 2 Reading Check

For Students 8th - 9th
"What is George upset about? Check all that apply." Here's a worksheet that asks readers to delve more deeply into character attitudes and motivations. In addition, Part II asks individuals to record passages from that text that capture...
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Sketching a Portrait--Character Traits

For Students 6th - 9th
Use this handout to focus on the character traits of George and Lennie in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Readers are given a set of specific traits to search for in the first chapter. They are required to list two textual examples of...
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Character Sketch Chart

For Students 8th - 9th
What does Candy look like? What kind of a person is Curley? What is Slim's dream? Readers of Of Mice and Men take their turn at characterization by creating a sketch chart for each of the major characters in Steinbeck's classic novel....
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Chapter 3 Reading Check

For Students 6th - 9th
"I wisht somebody'd shoot me if I got old an' a cripple." Young readers examine one of the ways Steinbeck brings his characters to life by closely examining what characters say and imaging why Steinbeck choose these words. A great way to...
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"A Long Way From Chicago": Character Descriptions

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Complete studies of the memorable characters in Richard Peck's novel A Long Way from Chicago. The lesson describes three different activities to help your class better understand characters in the story, character development in general,...
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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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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Character Sketches

For Students 6th - 9th
Cover character development and indirect characterization in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck with a graphic organizer. Class members search through the text and fill out a box for each character. The activity provides some notes for...
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Character Worksheet

For Students 7th - 12th
Whether you are working on a brief story, or sending your class off to compose novels, this resource will be a useful tool for building characters. Writers map out their character by describing looks, characteristics, personality, inner...
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Characters from a Box

For Teachers 5th
Character analysis is a skill we use when we read literary works or want to write a good story. Learners will use drama to practice character analysis while focusing on the details that make characters act the way they do. They'll each...
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Mirror, Mirror: Parallel Characters in To Kill a Mockingbird

For Students 7th - 9th
Readers of To Kill A Mockingbird are asked to match characters from Harper Lee's novel that closely resemble one another. In addition, they identify the traits the two characters have in common. A great way to chart mirror characters....
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End-Of-Unit 2 Assessment: On-Demand Analytical Essay About How Esperanza Changes Over Time

For Teachers 5th Standards
Close the unit on Esperanza Rising with an in-class analytic essay on how Esperanza changes over the course of the novel. Writers can use any of their notes and work from the unit as well as their drafts of the first two paragraphs of...
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Paragraph Writing, Part 1: How Esperanza Responds on the Train (Revisiting Chapter 5: "Las Guayabas/Guavas")

For Teachers 5th Standards
When your class members have completed the novel Esperanza Rising, they will be ready to write an expository essay on how Esperanza responds to events and what this says about her character. Set your pupils up for success by starting out...
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Writing, Critique, and Revising: Two-Voice Poems (Chapter 14: "Las Ucas/Grapes")

For Teachers 5th Standards
Continue work on the two-piece poem that compares two characters from Esperanza Rising. Give class members a few minutes to finish their drafts. After they have a complete product, model how to critique and edit the poems with one group....
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Gathering Evidence and Drafting a Two-Voice Poem (Chapter 13: "Los Duraznos/Peaches")

For Teachers 5th Standards
Begin class with a short comprehension quiz and review and then move into a new genre: two-voice poems. The activity provides information about this type of poetry as well as a video example made by eighth graders that you can show your...
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Contrasting Perspectives: Should the Farmworkers in Esperanza Rising Go On Strike? (Chapter 12: "Los Esparragos/Asparagus")

For Teachers 5th Standards
Explore multiple perspectives through a jigsaw activity that will improve your pupils' understanding of the characters in Esperanza Rising as well as their understanding of strikes and human rights. Tapping into prior knowledge, and...
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Mid-Unit Assessment and Discussing Themes in Esperanza Rising: (Chapter 9: "Las Ciruelas/PLums")

For Teachers 5th Standards
Give this skills-based assessment halfway through your unit on Esperanza Rising. After a brief review, class members take the test, which asks them to show that they know how to analyze the novel independently. They are asked to...
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Characters Changing Over Time (Chapter 10: "Las Papas/Potatos")

For Teachers 5th Standards
Engage further in Esperanza Rising with a focus on close reading and metaphor. Class members zero in on the tenth chapter, examining characters and big ideas. Pupils discuss the text in small groups and as a whole class, and participate...
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Inferring About Characters Based on How They Respond to Challenges (Chapter 4: "Los Higos/Figs")

For Teachers 5th Standards
How do you know what a character's personality is like if an author doesn't tell you? With a focus on character development in Esperanza Rising, pupils complete a jigsaw activity to analyze the actions of Mama, Abuelita, and Miguel. Once...
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Characterization in Hamlet

For Students 10th - 12th
Before you start Hamlet with your class, provide your class with this two-page graphic organizer. Then, as your class reads the play, they can record character traits and specific quotes as they develop characters like Hamlet, Queen...
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore literary devices and figurative language using higher level examples. The 33 slides here define common types of figurative language (like simile, metaphor, personification, etc.), and then focus on specific examples in...
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Unsent Letter: Characterization in Briar Rose

For Teachers 7th - 12th
After completing Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose, class members assume the voice of Gemma and craft a personal letter to her granddaughter telling Becca how she feels about Becca’s actions and the discoveries at Chelmno. Complete directions for...
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Creating Characters

For Teachers 7th - 12th
How do writers create characters? Methods of direct and indirect characterization are modeled in a presentation that uses color-coded passages from Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol to illustrate the methods writers use to bring...
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Lesson Plan 13: Character Interviews on NaNoTV

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Kids love to pretend. Use this imaginative energy to develop their understanding of characterization. Class members dress up as a character from their novel-writing project and sit for a filmed interview. In responding to questions about...
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Literature Study Guides: Of Mice and Men

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Here is a widely applicable set of materials to enhance any reading task. You'll find graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, a reading schedule, study guides, a story plot flow chart, and a character map....
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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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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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Interpreting the Story: Focus on Characterization

For Teachers 11th - 12th
The inner drive, ambition, and obsession of the complex main character in Brennan Stasiewicz’s “Prophets,” are the focus of a post-reading discussion. Class members record words that reveal something about Jim Charlton’s personality....
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Cheerful Hearts and Willing Feet

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore characterization in Little Women. In this literature lesson plan, students participate in written analysis and research in order to explore Alcott's characterization in the novel.
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Surveying Salinger with Dialogue and Disillusionment

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Find creative ways to teach Salinger's stories by focusing on dialogue, cultural context, and characterization.
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Stories That Sparkle

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Picture books provide the impetus for a study of how authors make plots seem real and characters interesting. After reading several books, class members list the techniques the authors used to enliven their stories and then craft their...
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A Separate Peace - T Analysis

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Reading A Separate Peace? Readers analyze important quotes that appear in John Knowle's classic novel using the provided graphic organizer. Learners record a passage and provide an accompanying analysis for each entry. Consider having...
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Character Interviews on NaNo-TV

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Cool! Encourage your class to get to know a story's characters on a whole new level!  Dress like a character and sit for an interview with a TV host. The clear explanations, great examples, and practice activities included in this...
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Literature Circle Guides: Shiloh

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Response to literature and collaborative group discussion are the key foci of this thorough guide to teaching Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Newbery-winning novel Shiloh. Detailed sections enable readers to examine each chapter in depth....
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Literature Study Guide: All the President's Men

For Students 11th - 12th
Need a framework for independent reading or homeschool learning? The many activities and exercises contained in this resource can be used with any narrative text and ensure that learners can respond in depth to their reading. Pupils...
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Silent Movies: A Year 7 Scheme of Work

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Even an outline can give you enough information to execute an awsome project. The tasks for each of the seven weeks of this project are defined, as well as the objective and specific content facilitated through the project. Learners will...
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Hubris Lesson Plan

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Bring this lesson on hubris to your short story unit. After reading Jack London's "To Build a Fire," young readers discuss the role of hubris in the protagonist's death. The lesson has connections to other short stories, such as "The...
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Fahrenheit 451:Literature Study Guide

For Students 9th
None of the activities or templates included in this resource directly address Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Instead, the materials can be used with any narrative. Included are templates for a reading schedule, chapter summaries,...
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Body Biography: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

For Teachers 7th
Class groups assume the identity of one of the primary human characters in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They create a body biography that identifies the most important traits of their character, translate these traits into...
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Wuthering Heights: Literature Study Guide

For Students 9th - 12th
Don’t let the title fool you. None of the materials included in the study guide are designed specifically for Emily Bronte’s classic novel; however, it is still an extremely valuable resource that should earn a spot in your curriculum...
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Discovering Character

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Young readers work on the process of characterization through an array of literary and real-life examples. They begin by learning the basic process of characterization (STANDO), and analyze movie clips, pictures, and their own...
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Vantage Points - Multiple Perspectives: Task 1 Day 3

For Teachers 8th Standards
The class considers parent-child relationships in relation to how they have been portrayed in classical and modern mediums. They view video clips and read excerpts from fairy tales and news paper articles to explore the evil-step parent...
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The Effects of Character Decisions

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Learners explore characters' decisions. They play a card game in which they match a decision card with a direct effect card. Then they examine characters from The Wizard of Oz, record important decisions that they make on index cards,...
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Understanding Character

For Teachers K - 2nd
Use paper dolls to teach characterization. Kids create paper dolls for their main character, supporting character, and villain. After designing clothes for their dolls, writers pretend to be the characters and sit for a television...
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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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Fractured Fairytale

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Your class can create fractured fairy tales by taking familiar tales and altering the point of view. Have them shift the stories perspective to see how a unique variation on a classic story is hinged on who tells the story. Add in an art...
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Because of Winn-Dixie Scrapbook

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Here is a fun resource that your kids will love. While reading the book Because of Winn-Dixie, they analyze the story's main characters by creating an online scrapbook. The purpose is to have them identify character traits and use...
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Feathers

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders complete a variety of activities corresponding to the book "Feathers" by Heather Forest. They answer story comprehension questions, and discuss how facial expressions can indicate different emotions. Students then complete...
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Come Fly with Me . . . Open a Book: Travels through Literature

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
This detailed overview of a curriculum unit suggests using travel literature to engage and stimulate your third graders’ interest in reading. The suggested reading list includes fiction and non-fiction materials and offers urban children...
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How to Write Really Good Dialogue

For Teachers 9th - 11th
How do you create (and punctuate) really good dialogue so that it moves your story forward and provides strong characterization? Use this literary worksheet loaded with examples, clearly stated directions, and fun exercises.  Fifth in a...
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A Separate Peace: Chapter 11 Reading and Study Guide

For Teachers 7th - 12th
To better comprehend the novel, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, learners define 3 vocabulary words, define 1 literary term, and respond to 10 short-answer questions. This resource refers only to Chapter 13 of the book. 
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A Separate Peace: Chapter 9 Reading And Study Guide

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Pupils define 3 vocabulary words, define 1 literary term, and respond to 10 short-answer questions pertaining to chapter 9 of A Separate Peace by John Knowles. These activities are designed to help them better understand the novel and...
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Kids in a Booth

For Teachers K - 1st
In the story Kids in a Booth, nicknames are important tools in the characterization of the people described. Encourage your readers to pay attention to details such as names and why an author might have chosen those names. Some...
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American Life

For Students 6th - 12th
In this American Life activity and progress test instructional activity, students respond to a total of 23 short answer, true/false, multiple choice, matching, crossword puzzle, and fill in the blank questions pertaining to American Life.
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Flowers for Algernon: RAFT

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Should Charlie undergo an operation to increase his intelligence? A mini-lesson for a unit on Daniel Keyes novel Flowers for Algernon uses a RAFT activity, which prompts students to write a letter to Charlie's doctors explaining why they...
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Study Help Essay Questions

For Students 5th - 8th
Use these study questions to test your class on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. These mostly higher-level questions have the potential to be test questions, discussion questions, homework questions, or essay questions. The...
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Chaucer's Wife of Bath

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
A thorough and well-designed resource for older students, this lesson focuses on Chaucer's character the Wife of Bath from his classic novel, The Canterbury Tales. As a way of understanding Chaucer's complex characterization and...
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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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Character Analysis Chart

For Students 3rd - 12th
This versatile graphic organizer could be used alongside any novel, poem, play, or story through which your class in studying character. Class members can get characters straight or describe particular characters in more detail with this...
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The Landlady Pre-Reading: The Characters

For Students 5th - 7th
Prepare your class to read "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl with these pre-reading activities about the two main characters in the story. This resource provides a brief overview of the story as well as excerpts from the text that describe...
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Creating a Mythological Character

For Teachers 7th - 9th
This thorough plan addresses characterization of Greek gods and goddesses. It requires class members to learn about the origin of mythological gods and share what they learn with a partner. In small groups, they then select a god,...
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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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The "Write" Stuff: Strategies and Conventions for Imaginative Writing

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders develop and practice the steps involved in imaginative writing. They follow the steps/worksheets included and write imaginative stories of their own.
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What a Character!

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Middle schoolers read a novel and discuss character personality. First, they analyze a character in a novel and keep a chart or web of the character's identity, which includes specific examples from the book. They then write a script...
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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 tries to answer. After reading two short stories, pupils explore the characters in the stories by rotating through five learning...
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The Outsiders Essay Question Options

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Extend your study of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton with an essay. Pupils can choose one of the three prompts provided on this page and write about either characterization, conflict, or theme. Each prompt includes a brief definition of the...
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The Grapes of Wrath: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Is Tom Joad the protagonist of The Grapes of Wrath? If Tom Joad is the protagonist then who or what is the antagonist? Who are the foils? What does Tom learn from them? What does the reader learn about Tom by contrasting him with the...
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I Can Identify and Infer Character Traits

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Use the guiding questions on this page to fill out the two graphic organizers included in the materials tab. All of the materials focus on character or personality traits and ask pupils to find textual evidence of the traits they...
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Parental Involvement Middle School Literacy Novel Units

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Bring parents into your study of The Cay by Theodore Taylor. Each of the five activities included here incorporates parent input and participation. The activities focus on setting, characterization, and vocabulary. Graphic organizers and...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 8: Character

For Teachers 6th Standards
Characters often change over the course of a story or novel. Use the sample graphic organizer provided here to track how the narrator has responded to the sequence of events in chapter four through six of The Cay. In addition to this...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 10: Character Development

For Teachers 6th Standards
Make a study of Timothy and his development as a character over the course of the first half or so of The Cay. This idea focuses in particular on chapters 10 through 12. Learners start out by working on double-entry journals created in...
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Training for the Narrative Essay: Building Character

For Students 9th - 12th
Pupils can apply the information about characterization on the first page of this resource to the assignment on the second page. Seven tactics for developing characters are detailed and put to practice. Writers choose from a short list...
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Who Said This?

For Students 6th - 9th
Can your class figure out who said what just by looking at a quotation? This activity for Of Mice and Men includes 11 quotations from the novel. Use this quote sheet as a light activity to get your readers to look back into the text or...
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Character Sketches

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students are introduced to the types of characters found in short stories. They read a short story in class and produce sketches of the protagonist and antagonist. Finally, they create their own characters and write about them in their...
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Character Development

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Round, flat, dynamic, static, and stock. Introduce viewers to the basic character types with a brief presentation that describes how to bring these characters to life. The presentation concludes with two photos. Ask your writers to...
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Characters in the Odyssey Book 1

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Seven of the characters in Homer's the Odyssey are introduced in this very basic presentation. Viewers meet Zeus, Poseidon, and Athena (among others). Strengthen this presentation by adding pictures or attempting to see what information...
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To Kill a Mockingbird

For Students 8th - 9th
Provided here are activities and questions for Part I of To Kill a Mockingbird (although one activity is also included for Part II). Readers study the novel's plot, characters, and setting. I wouldn't recommend using this as the sole...
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East of Eden: A Contrast in Brothers

For Students 11th - 12th
"Thou mayest" ask readers of East of Eden to label a series of personality traits as characteristic of either Adam or Charles Trask. Consider extending the exercise using Aron and Caleb.
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Friendship and Belonging

For Teachers 6th - 8th
What are the effects of alcoholism? This is one of three essential questions provided for the prereading of Crazy Lady by Jane Lesley Conly. The lesson is divided into 33 days, but a lot of this time accounts for in class reading. Assign...
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Jacob Have I Loved: Semantic Feature Analysis Chart

For Students 7th - 9th
Do not allow your pupils to ignore the connections among the characters in Katherine Paterson’s Newbery Medal winning novel, Jacob Have I Loved. Instead, provide them a semantic feature analysis chart that asks them to note things Louise...
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Michelle Kwan: Heart of a Champion

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Who is a champion to your class? Elementary and middle schoolers think of a role-model from their lives. Then, in their journals, they write evidence of that person's perseverance. They identify the character trait of perseverance with...
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Reading Fiction - Character

For Teachers 4th - 5th
The goal of this lesson is to have learners understand how character is created through a combination of what they say and do, and what others say about them. In pairs, learners construct a short dialogue between a parent and child after...
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The First Part Last: Part 2

For Teachers 6th - 12th
For this The First Part Last comprehension check worksheet, young scholars respond to 20 short answer questions pertaining to part 2 of the Angela Johnson novel to better understand the novel and the author's craft.
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The First Part Last: Part 3

For Teachers 6th - 12th
In this The First Part Last comprehension check worksheet, learners respond to 20 short answer questions pertaining to part 3 of the Angela Johnson novel to better understand the novel and the author's craft.
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The First Part Last: Part One

For Teachers 6th - 12th
In this The First Part Last comprehension check worksheet, students respond to 25 short answer questions pertaining to part 1 of the Angela Johnson novel to better understand the novel and the author's craft.
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The First Part Last: Part 4

For Teachers 6th - 12th
In this The First Part Last comprehension check worksheet, learners respond to 34 short answer questions pertaining to part 4 of the Angela Johnson novel to better understand the novel and the author's craft.
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Lesson Plan 9: Writing Really Good Dialogue

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Good dialogue in a narrative moves the story forward, creates tension, and reveals something about the characters and their relationships with one another. The series of exercises included in this resource give writers a chance to...
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Author's Choice

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Who would you like to see at your luncheon table? After selecting a character from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, young writers re-imagine The Great Gatsby and how it would be different if told from their character’s point of view....
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The Crucible

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Some good ideas could help you plan out a unit on Arthur Miller's The Crucible. After analyzing Puritan lifestyles and specifics of witchcraft and witch hunts, young learners complete mini research projects. The plan offers some good...
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Introduction To Literary Analysis

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore the fascinating ways in which authors use specific literary devices to create interesting and realistic texts. Using non-fiction articles with the subject of rogue waves, an excerpt from The Perfect Storm, by Sebastian Junger,...
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Demonstrating Acting Skills

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Class members demonstrate their mastery of acting skills by rehearsing and performing a scene from a play. Actors perform as a character in an ensemble, a play, or duet. A detailed Acting Skills Rubric is provided.
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Academic Vocabulary

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Arm your writers with an arsenal of literary terms. With definitions of everything from plot structure and figurative language to point-of-view and types of irony, learners will gain an understanding of elements in stories and be able to...
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Vantage Points: Multiple Perspectives Day 1 Task 2

For Teachers 6th
Archetype is a big word, but sixth graders will definitely know what it means and how it is used in understanding heroes and villains. As a class they watch the video, AFI 100 Years of Villains. They then pair up and create T-charts that...
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Analyzing Literature via Literature Circles

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Introduce literature circles with Roland Smith's novels. Your seventh graders will see the activity modeled as you read The Three Little Pigs together and apply the format to a Roland Smith novel of their choice. The lesson includes...
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Fahrenheit 451 Character Development

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Faber, one of the character’s in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 observes, “Remember, the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord.” As an assessment, ask your pupils to select a quote from their...
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Lesson Plan 2: Good Novel, Bad Novel

For Teachers 6th - 9th
What are the characteristics of a good piece of writing? What makes a story interesting? Give your pupils a chance to define the qualities of good novels and what they see as the qualities of bad novels. Class members record these...
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Lesson Plan 2: So What's a Novel, Anyway?

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
What makes a novel a novel? Class members select a favorite novel, record their impressions on a worksheet, and then come together in groups to discuss the elements common to narrative writing. Next, they identify the characters, the...
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Lesson Plan 3: Creating Awesome Characters

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Following the model on book jackets, young writers draft their own author bio. After a discussion of the kinds of information they used in their blurbs that would prove interesting to readers, pupils work in groups to develop similar...
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Folktales and Ecology: Animals and Humans in Cooperation and Conflict

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Story elements such as conflict, character analysis, resolution, and moral are discussed and charted as elementary children read folktales involving animals. An element of science is also introduced as learners discover what a keystone...
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Freedom Fighter

For Students 6th - 9th
In this writing skills worksheet, students think about character traits as they read an essay about a freedom fighter, respond to 2 questions, and write a paragraph to describe a person they know.
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Hamlet by William Shakespeare

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Even younger kids can understand Shakespeare. Help clear up the confusion surrounding the events in Shakespeare's Hamlet with this easy-to-follow presentation. It provides a basic overview of the issues Hamlet faces throughout the play...
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Cry, The Beloved Country Chapters 20-21

For Students 7th - 12th
In this Cry, the Beloved Country comprehension check worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer questions pertaining to chapters 20-21 of the Alan Paton novel to better understand the novel and the author's craft.
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Cry, The Beloved Country Chapters 22-23

For Students 7th - 12th
In this Cry, the Beloved Country comprehension check learning exercise, students respond to 10 short answer questions pertaining to chapters 22-23 of the Alan Paton novel to better understand the novel and the author's craft.
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Cry, The Beloved Country Chapters 18-19

For Students 7th - 12th
In this Cry, the Beloved Country comprehension check worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer questions pertaining to chapters 18-19 of the Alan Paton novel to better understand the novel and the author's craft.
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Cry, the Beloved Country Chapter 17

For Students 7th - 12th
In this Cry, the Beloved Country comprehension check activity, students respond to 6 short answer questions pertaining to chapter 17 of the Alan Paton novel to better understand the novel and the author's craft.
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Cry, the Beloved Country - Chapters 15-16

For Students 7th - 12th
In this Cry, the Beloved Country comprehension check worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer questions pertaining to chapters 15-16 of the Alan Paton novel to better understand the novel and the author's craft.
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Cry, the Beloved Country - Chapters 1-3

For Students 7th - 12th
In this Cry, the Beloved Country comprehension check worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer questions pertaining to chapters 1-3 of the Alan Paton novel to better understand the novel and the author's craft.
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Lord of the Flies: Chapter 1 Reading and Study Guide

For Teachers 7th - 12th
In this comprehension check worksheet, pupils define 13 vocabulary words, define 5 literary terms, and respond to 23 short answer questions pertaining to chapter 1 of The Lord of the Flies in order to help them better understand the...
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Understanding Character

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Readers practice character analysis by reviewing Gary Soto's short story "La Bamba" with the whole class (anything you've read together will work). They design t-shirts that feature traits and story elements to reveal the nature of a...
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Explorers: James and the Giant Peach

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Expand readers' study of character with Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach and connect it to social studies curriculum by analyzing James as a world explorer. Readers create a character cluster (model attached) of James by citing...
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Characterization

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners explore character creation through personality types and character traits by creating their own character. They participate in a discussion about Greek drama masks, portray the traits on the masks, and write about an original...
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That's Me! No It Isn't!

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Have you ever read a story and identified closely with one of the characters? After reading several short stories or novels in your class, have scholars choose a character they identify with and write an essay comparing themselves to the...
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Name That Character!!!! (Othello)

For Teachers 11th
Is Iago a scorpion? Box Synectics and Venn Diagram templates as well as Carousel Brainstorming encourage high school readers to review the characters and their actions in Othello. Use to prompt a class discussion of how personality...
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Shakespeare Character Analysis Worksheet

For Students 9th - 12th
Engage your class in character analysis of any Shakespeare character with this worksheet. Class members pretend that they are reporters and imagine responses that their chosen character would supply for 14 pre-determined questions. While...
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Create a Migrant's Scrapbook from the First Great Migration

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Help young historians personally engage in the stories of African Americans during the Great Migration! Assessing a migration route map, learners create a migrant character's experience, adding details while studying primary sources. A...
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Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury: Narration, Voice, and the Compson Family's New System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students complete a variety of discussion and writing activities surrounding the study of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury.
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If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War.

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Young scholars investigate major characters of history that are represented in children's literature. They conduct research using a variety of resources and each character is put into a class book as a presentation. The character...
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Character Traits

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Using a three-column chart labeled "Character," "Action," and "Trait," pupils analyze the traits of several characters from a short story. The instructional activity is designed for a SMART board, but a teacher could easily do the...
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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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Writing Fiction: Using Older Characters

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Out with the old and in with the new? Not so in this lesson plan, which explores the idea of writing older characters in fiction. Students learn the value of varying their characters, exploring different perspectives, and avoiding...
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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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Twain: Tom Sawyer—Mythic Adventurer

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars take a closer look at archetypes. In this characterization instructional activity, students examine the setting and the characters of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as they read and analyze the novel. Young scholars consider...
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Julius Caesar Act I Pre-Reading Characterization Worksheet

For Students 9th - 11th
In this Julius Caesar worksheet, students determine character traits of Julius Caesar and Brutus from quotations given.  Students are given 13 quotations about or by Julius Caesar and 8 quotations about or by Brutus.
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Creating Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the methods of effective characterization. In this writing skills lesson, students discuss how emotions, dialogue, actions, and physical descriptions build believable characters. Students then use the methods of...
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Scriptwriting: Characters

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Protagonists, antagonists, stereotypes, and foils. Introduce your scriptwriters to major, minor, round, and flat characters, and how to create them. Rich in examples and activities, the packet includes the directions for an exercise...
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Indirect Character Traits

For Students 5th - 6th
In this identifying meanings of character traits worksheet, students define and explain the character traits ambitious, responsible, envious, considerate, strict, superstitious, efficient, polite, suspicious, and cruel. Students write 20...
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Character and Characterization

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students analyze main characters.  In this character lesson, students read stories and analyze the characteristics of the main character.  They write a short description of each charater analyzed. Students use NotFolio to present...
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Assessing Character and Characterization

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students develop original characters as protagonists and antagonists. For this characterization lesson, students write brief character sketches for their original characters. Students also assess each others characters by exchanging...
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No Regrets: a Poetry Analysis

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students read a poem and use the TPCASTT strategy for analysis. In this poetry analysis lesson, students journal about their future goals and read John Updike's "Ex-Basketball Player." Students discuss the purpose of the poem and...
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Analysis Through Character Action/Beliefs

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners explore characterization. In this characterization lesson, students give analytical responses to questions and determine a character's beliefs. Learners use the school mission statement to develop two beliefs that the statement...
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Puppet Play

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create a puppet play of a scene from Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer.  In this literature lesson, students read through Tom Sawyer and discuss the characterization in the text. Then students work in small groups to write a script from...
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Reading and Activity Suggestions for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students learn about characterization techniques in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  In this Adventures of Tom Sawyerlesson, students write a description of one character through the eyes of another character and identify scenes that give...
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Litmus Lozenges: Sweet and Sorrowful (Because of Winn Dixie)

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Because of Winn Dixie worksheet, students explore characters and their relationships. Students complete a character web showing the relationships between seven characters in the story.
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Learners explore character development in novels. In this literacy lesson, students read Tom Sawyerand visit the home of Mark Twain on a field trip or a virtual tour. Learners create a character from the book out of a Pringles can and...
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The Prince and the Pauper Character Analysis

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders analyze characterization in The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. In this literature mini-unit, 6th graders analyze various aspects of characterization by reading The Prince and the Pauper and watching a video adaptation...
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Filling the Holes, 20 Years Later

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students learn to analyze traits of the main character after reading Holes by Louis Sachar. In this character analysis lesson, students illustrate one of the characters at their workplace 20 years in the future.
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Animal Farm Essay 1

For Students 9th - 10th
In this essay outline worksheet, students construct a well developed 5 paragraph essay that applies a quotation to the character of Napoleon in the novel Animal Farm. The outline provides a guide to the construction of each paragraph...
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Characterization

For Students 5th - 6th
In this characterization worksheet, students 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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Frederick Lesson Plan

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students enjoy Leo Lionni's illustrations in Frederick and watching how Frederick uses his imagination. For this Frederick lesson plan, students practice dramatic techniques as they retell traditional literature.
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Of Mice and Men: Viewing Guide

For Teachers 8th - 12th
In this Of Mice and Men viewing guide worksheet, students study movie terminology as they read brief descriptions and respond to 26 short answer questions as the watch the film based on Steinbeck's novel.
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A Separate Peace: Chapter 10 Reading and Study Guide

For Teachers 7th - 12th
In this comprehension check worksheet, students define 3 vocabulary words, define 2 literary terms, and respond to 10 short answer questions pertaining to chapter 10 of A Separate Peace by John Knowles in order to help them better...
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A Separate Peace: Chapter 13 Reading And Study Guide

For Teachers 7th - 12th
For this comprehension check worksheet, students define 3 vocabulary words, define 1 literary term, and respond to 6 short answer questions pertaining to chapter 13 of A Separate Peace by John Knowlesin order to help them better...
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A Separate Peace: Chapter 12 Reading And Study Guide

For Teachers 7th - 12th
In this comprehension check worksheet, learners define 4 vocabulary words, define 1 literary term, and respond to 8 short answer questions pertaining to chapter 12 of A Separate Peace by John Knowles in order to help them better...
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Graphic Organizer Collection: Character

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this collection of graphic organizers for a literature unit, students will complete 22 different graphic organizers on the topic of character development. For example, this collection includes character analysis and various attribute...
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A Fine, Fine Reader

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students practice reading more fluently by giving them experience reading various character parts in a story and expressing the attitude of their character. They interact with the book, "A Fine, Fine School," by Sharon Creech as well as...
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"Exploring Shakespeare" An Introduction of Character and "Hamlet"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the literary terms "round character" and "characterization" through the play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare. They view and discuss examples of clip art, video, and comic strips, and describe the character traits. ...
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Cyrano de Bergerac Nose His Terms

For Teachers 7th
Students use the play "Cyrano de Bergerac" to identify and analyze drama vocabulary, literary terms and elements of fiction. They write an original version of scenes from the play and develop a character analysis for the lead.
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Circle of Gold: Guided Reading

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students participate in 8 guided reading sessions in which they read the novel, Circle of Gold, by Candy Dawson Boyd. They focus on and discuss characterization, synthesis, analysis, and predicting. They complete journal entries and...
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Fear and Loathing in Othello

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the ideas that people had of African people during Shakespearean times and examine Othello's descriptions of himself as written by Shakespeare.
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What If: The Seed Of A Story

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students read and comprehend a piece of fictional writing, analyze how setting, characterization, and plot affect the theme of a story and work in a group to create a new writing assignment. This 5-day plan culminates in students writing...
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Literary Terms

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Very basic definitions are given for 17 terms including atmosphere, characterization, and theme, as they relate to literature. Examples are given for some definitions, but they aren't taken from stories or specific texts. 
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All About Me: Lesson 12 of 15

For Teachers 6th - 8th
How do your experiences shape who you are? Writers complete a self-characterization map and discuss how experiences define who they are and what is important to them. They complete an essay about themselves and define the way their...
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Macbeth - Analyzing Characterization in Drama

For Teachers 11th - 12th
The writing activity in this lesson could be used to assess student understanding of previously taught concepts of how language reveals character.
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All About Me: Lesson 5 of 15

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students complete a characterization map. In this characterization lesson, students read Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack. Students choose a biography or an autobiography and present facts about that person to the class.
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Can a Romantic Hero/Heroine....?

For Students 10th - 12th
In this romantic hero/heroine worksheet, students answer a series of questions designed to elicit a definition of a hero or heroine. The questions relate to real life situations, and students must answer as quickly as possible.
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Other Character Considerations

For Students 7th - 9th
In this characterization worksheet, students identify major and minor characters and the external and internal conflicts they experience. Students then decide what motivates the character's behavior.