Character Development & Analysis Minilesson - Indirect & Direct Characterization

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I love that I will be able to use this with multiple books this year. I also love the handouts that the kids can use for practice.
This resource was very fun and engaging! It really helped my students understand character analysis. It's very easy to plug into the books we're currently reading in class.
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Give your students the tools they need for character analysis & character development with this done-for-you minilesson. Using the editable slideshow, you’ll teach your students about direct and indirect characterization, protagonists and antagonists, analysis using STEAL, and more. The best part is that many of the included activities can be used again and again with any text!

Check out the PREVIEW to see more!

Help your students understand character development with this resource by:

  • Teaching essential concepts using the editable presentation
  • Practicing turning direct characterization into indirect characterization
  • Analyzing characters from mentor texts using S.T.E.A.L.
  • Showcasing character development with Instagram, TikTok, & Text Message Templates

… all in printable and digital formats!

In a nutshell, this character minilesson will guide your students to a better understanding of character development and character analysis. The slideshow, scaffolded activities, and graphic organizers make teaching this lesson as easy as 1-2-3. All the planning is done for you! What’s more? The graphic organizers can be used again and again with different texts. 

The concepts covered in this lesson include:

  • Protagonists vs. Antagonists
  • Direct and Indirect Characterization
  • S.T.E.A.L. Analysis (Speech, Thoughts, Effect on Others, Actions, Looks)
  • Round Characters
  • Flat Characters
  • Dynamic Characters
  • Static Characters

If you'd like to know more about teaching characterization with this product, read my blog post here.



⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Under One Roof said, “I love that  I will be able to use this with multiple books this year.  I also love the handouts that the kids can use for practice.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Magda said, “This is a fantastic resource and so well laid out.  I love that the powepoint slideshow is ready to go and I can just add in my own examples of character descriptions from the novels we're reading for the students to analyze.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Brittany said, “This resource was very fun and engaging! It really helped my students understand character analysis. It's very easy to plug into the books we're currently reading in class.”


Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.10

RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.10

RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.6, RL.7.10


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20 + Digital Version
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).


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