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.
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.
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.
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