Lesson Plan

More than Meets the Eye: Direct and Indirect Characterization

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Willy Wonka takes center stage in a lesson about direct and indirect characterization. Scholars read a passage from the story about Wonka's Grand Entrance and watch a film clip of the same, noting examples of direct and indirect characterization. Groups then demonstrate what they have learned about characterization as they repeat the process after reading a passage from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and watching a clip from that film. To end the lesson, groups are assigned different characters from the Willy Wonka story and create a profile that includes examples of direct and indirect characterization.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Before the lesson, load Edpuzzle on classroom devices
  • Use the slide show to guide the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires copies and projection equipment for the slide show and the videos
  • Includes modifications for distance learning
  • Materials are available in Spanish and English
  • Links are provided to explanations of the learning strategies used in the lesson
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