What would a character be keeping tucked away inside his or her backpack anyway? Let’s find out in this hands-on literary character analysis! This was a big hit with my 5th grade advanced literacy group. It’s a magical mental leap into metaphors and GR8 for GATE!
This critical thinking analysis activity will work with just about any piece of literature—novels, short stories, biography, or autobiography (even with the speaker of a poem). What a sneaky and fun way to require your students to think and respond with details and creativity! Students will analyze a character, create metaphors which represent a character’s traits or actions, physicalize the metaphors with a fun creative activity, and then use those metaphors as visual aids to tell a tale about the character they’ve chosen.
This lesson represents best practices in kid literary analysis, GATE, and 21st Century Learning. Students go deeply INSIDE text and express their understanding by extending their thinking OUTSIDE of the text by analyzing characters and creating metaphors.
Included are ready-to-print activity sheets, explanations, photos of sample work, and Common Core references which will lead you through the activity.
We use this activity in advanced 5th grade literacy groups, but it is appropriate with 3rd grade GATE and beyond. Even your 8th graders will love doing this!