In this packet you’ll find a variety of fun mall-themed activities designed to help students understand literary characters better. Each asks students to imagine a character in a modern setting – the mall – and consider how the character would fit into this context. In the process, reluctant readers and writers will have a chance to engage and reveal their understanding of character at the same time.
You could use these short activities in a variety of ways.
#1 Group work: Let small groups complete an entire packet together about one chosen character.
#2 Literacy Station: Let students choose from among the handouts and complete two they find interesting.
#3 Sub Plans: Subs could have students complete some or all of these activities alone or in pairs.
#4 Bell Ringers: Have one of these activities on the desk as students come in to class.
#5 Post-test or quiz activities: Put these out in a pile and have early finishers pick one up as they turn in a test or quiz.
Where does your character shop? In this activity, students choose a favorite store for a literary character and decide what he or she would buy, referencing the text to defend these choices.
At the Bookstore: In this activity, students decide what three books their character might browse through at the bookstore, explaining their reasons for each.
Who else is there? In this activity, students select three friends with whom their character would shop, explaining what the character likes about each friend.
Mall Playlist: In this activity, students choose songs their character would listen to at the mall, answering a question about each.
Coffee Break: In this activity, students explain what and why their character would order at a coffee shop, then answer a few questions about their character’s time at the shop, like what his or her Facebook status update would be while there.
Who is your character texting at the mall? In this activity, students outline a short text conversation between their character and someone else.
The Food Court: In this activity, students answer some questions about what their character might do at the food court, including one about participation in a flash mob.
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