This three-session lesson focuses on characterization. Students determine how a character's traits reveal particular character traits, using a list of adjectives as a guide. Then, they write descriptions of those characters. Characters from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone are used for modeling.
This lesson is intended to help students create dynamic characters while working on beginning playwriting skills. It takes students through the steps of creating a non-human character and a scene and then transfers that information into writing an original monologue to perform. The lesson is easily adaptable to students in grades 5-12 and perhaps lower elementary as well, by adjusting the complexity of the characters created.
Using selected scenes from Shakespeare, students are asked to analyze a major character (protagonist or antagonist) and present a monologue or video recording of their personal interpretation of the character's motivations and life experience. The lesson will take approximately 4 class periods to complete.
The video models a 6th-grade teacher, Viet-ly Nguyen, using student talk to analyze and interpret characters' actions in a selection from One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. During the student talk, the teacher adds criteria to the discussion to guide students as a participation protocol.
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The teacher's process is interspersed throughout the video, explaining her purpose behind each of the steps.
This is a close reading guide for use with Elie Wiesel's Night. It can be paired with the characterization essay prompt and graphic organizer, which can also be found in this database.
Students become the character through a series of activities in this lesson plan. The plans cover 3-50 minute lessons. The lesson scaffolds through steps from listing personal character traits into character analysis of a popular example from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Graphic organizers and charts connect adjectives to character traits, Lists of character traits are included in the lesson as a beginning framework. An interactive piece is included on the link, allowing students to create their own character charts. A final activity involves students guessing each other based on their use of "strong adjective" descriptions. All handouts and graphic organizers are readily available on the website.
Experimental work more advanced than in 5.310 or 5.311, emphasizing thermodynamic and kinetic measurements of organic reactions; synthesis, purification, and analysis of organic compounds employing IR, NMR, UV, mass spectroscopy, and thin layer and gas-liquid phase chromatography; and enzyme purification, characterization and biochemical analyses. Instruction and practice in written and oral presentation of experimental results.
Chem 575 at Rice University is a survey course of research techniques used in modern inorganic and nanomaterials chemistry.