These two handouts address character archetypes that can be found in literature and movies, defining traits, and how they function in storytelling. The first handout guides students to brainstorm eight different character archetypes and list their traits. This is great group work activity. If you allow internet access, students can research more defining traits as well as a variety of archetypes. This handout is ideal for teaching the epic poem (Sir Gawain, Beowulf, Odyssey).
The second handout guides students to turn their answers from handout one into a literary analysis of one paragraph. Students follow steps to compose a well-written paragraph with little support. This writing practice is a great tool to demonstrate how to write and revise a tight literary analysis. Only a paragraph, it is a quick approach to tackling analysis writing practice both for you and for your students.