Character Analysis does not only have to be about the book you are reading; use it as a personal introduction!
This is a great first-day exercise for a literature or reading course. As an instructor, I always want to know a little more about my students, especially in a multicultural class. I’ve used this in an ESL course at the community college and found it very successful.
Here are a few benefits this resource offers:
• Introduce character concepts and vocabulary on day one of the course
• Give students an opportunity to introduce themselves to you
• Often shy in a room of new classmates, students prefer writing about themselves over speaking in front of a crowd
• Uses class time on the first day, when instructors often feel hurried
• Can be used as filler, such as when instructors are dealing with late-comers, passing out books, taking attendance, etc.
• Helps the instructor tailor the class material after knowing who is sitting in the room