The purpose of this reading activity for your middle school students is to get them thinking about the relationships between characters.
*Please Note: This resource can be used with any piece of literature!
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In character-driven pieces of literature, it is critical for students to analyze not only the characters on their own, but their relationships with one another. By examining how the characters are connected to each other, your students can uncover how and why individual characters develop over the course of the text, and in turn, hopefully discover overarching themes.
Students are first asked to complete the Character Connections activity that focuses on three main characters from their unit of study. Students are asked to include a brief description of each of the three characters, along with a picture and a significant quote that either the character says or that another character says about them.
Once students have understood and interacted with each specific character, students should complete the Character Connections: Going Further activity. This activity asks students to answer a set of five questions regarding the relationship between each set of characters. The questions listed require students to think deeply, critically, and go further with their analysis of the relationships between characters.
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