Character Analysis Activity - You & Me: Mirror Images or Polar Opposites?

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Sometimes students meet characters that seem like their alter-egos; other times they feel that these people are their polar opposites.

In this Language Arts activity, "You & Me: Mirror Images or Polar Opposites?," Middle and High School students choose the character from the story that they are currently studying or from any book that they studied in class this year with which they most identify.

Here are the directions for each aspect of this multi-layered lesson:

Directions Part 1: Choose the character from the story that we are studying or from any book that we studied in class this year with which you most identify. Fill out the following by comparing and contrasting your similarities and differences with this person.

In this part of this packet, each student is to relate the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and moral similarities and differences between the character that he/she chose and him/herself.

After they complete this, they evaluate their information for the qualities that they are glad that they share with the character, those that they never want to share, and those that they wish they shared.

Directions Part 2: Use your information from Part 1 of this activity as notes for the following essay outline. After you complete this page, use your Hook, Overview Statement and Thesis Statement to begin a full-length essay showing
• how you are similar to and different from the character that you chose, and
• how you feel about these similarities and differences.
Detail your main ideas, backing them up with specific facts and opinions from the book and from your own thoughts to develop this essay.

Essay Criteria:
1. Minimum 500 words; no maximum- write until you have fully developed your points.
2. Type your essay – double-spaced- in the font style and size set by your teacher.
3. Essay Packet: Behind the final typed draft of the essay, attach all of the Part 1 and Part 2 pages of this activity.

Teachers can use this comprehension-developing lesson with the study of any story or as a culminating end-of-the-year assessment. By the time that they have completed the notes, outline and essay, students will have exhibited their range of thinking skills from knowledge through evaluation.

This activity allows them to exhibit their understanding of all aspects of the character elements of literature as well as their analytic and critical-thinking skills.

Best of all, they will figure out if this character is their mirror image or their polar opposite.

As always, specific standards and Bloom's Taxonomy choices are included in the detailed Teacher Notes.

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Character Analysis Activity - You & Me: Mirror Images or P
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Character Analysis Activity - You & Me: Mirror Images or P
Character Analysis Activity - You & Me: Mirror Images or P