Character Analysis Activity for Any Text: Character Silhouettes

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Creating character silhouettes is the perfect activity for the close reading of character or a figure from an assigned or selected fiction or nonfiction text. This activity can be used with any grade level and can be used to reinforce the ideas of character and characterization. It can be done during or after reading any short story, novel, play, or nonfiction text.

Students will analyze a character or individual's traits, thoughts, words, feelings and emotions, past and future, and influences on him/her. Students will use direct evidence and quotations from the text to support their analysis. Use the individual component, group component, or both. To see samples of this resource, click on the green "preview" button above.

*PowerPoint with instructions (includes a blank slide to add additional information if needed)
*Independent character analysis handout
*Group character analysis handout
*Usage guide
*Digital usage guide for Google Classroom and other online learning management systems
*List of related Common Core standards

*Please Note: This resource is a secure PDF and is not editable.

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12 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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