Lesson Plan

Characterization: Using Canterbury Tales as a mentor text to create realistic characters

Students take what they learned from last class--analyzing Chaucer's characters & learning about direct/indirect characterization--to begin creating & characterizing a modern-day character of their own.
Abbie G.
Classroom teacher
Maine Central Institute
Pittsfield, United States
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My Grades 9, 11
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

Apply their knowledge of indirect/implicit & direct/explicit characterization by writing a 2-3 paragraph characterization


English Language Arts
Grades 9
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Reading

Teacher shares 2 or 3 solid  student examples from previous years' Modern-Day Canterbury Tales books to help students understand their task.

Student Instructions

Listen & ask questions

2 Direct Instruction

Teacher uses Keynote with definitions and examples of direct/explicit and indirect/implicit characterization

Student Instructions

Students take notes on characterization and reflect on how to use both in as they create their own.

3 independent practice

Activity: Creating

Teacher walks around to check in

Student Instructions

Students take what they've learned from the notes, improve on the brainstorms they came to class with, and then turn that into PEEL paragraphs.