Lesson Plan

Characterizing Characters in Literature

Look at characters in a novel using various sites and products to predict, review and discuss
Stephanie T.
Classroom teacher
Detroit Country Day School
Beverly Hills, MI
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

  • Predict character traits 
  • Characterize each character, citing textual evidence
  • Discuss how characters in a story are directly and indirectly characterized
English Language Arts
Grades 6 - 12
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1 Hook

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Students will hop on a teacher-created padlet wall and post a few sticky notes - one for each character being looked at. This is a prediction of what students think the characters are like thus far in the novel (this will need to be done relatively early in the reading of the novel).

Teacher must lead a discussion after this, using the details from students on the padlet wall to lead discussion, and possible debate, on what the characters in the novel are like. 

2 Guided Reading

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Using Curriculet, students will read and annotate a chapter or two from the beginning of their novel. The teacher should monitor student progress and annotations using data reports in Curriculet's website.  Students are to be instructed to look for both indirect and direct characterization of the character you chose to review.

3 Discussion & Wrap-Up

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After reading the suggested chapters, students will form small groups and review their annotations with their group members.   

Students will then hop onto bubbl.us and create character maps for each of the characters they studied in the previous chapters. Students should include forms of both direct and indirect characterization, and should have supporting textual evidence for each.

Student groups can then share their findings with the class and teacher and discuss how characterization reveals theme or makes predications regarding conflict, etc.