On the count of three, you will BECOME your character! 1....2.....3! Students will experience what it means to use "indirect characterization" as a way to bring life to a fictional character by completing FOUR writing activities: a character interview, a character speech, a diary entry and a character problem chart. Each activity builds on one of the FIVE indirect characterization techniques found in the acronym, SLATE (speech, looks, actions, thoughts, effect on others). What makes this 4-5 day mini-unit 100% unique is the use of a "Speed Dating" activity. Students "become" their characters for a day and deliver their introduction speech to various classmates within a safe and fun "speed dating" setting. Once the unit is over, students will have a deep understand of a character and a better appreciation of how an author brings a fictional person "to life".
This mini-unit can be used as a way for students to develop a fictional character for an original short story OR it may be used to dig deeper into characters found in literary works. Suggestions for the different uses are presented within the lesson plans!
This packet includes:
+ 4 lesson plans, with suggestions for multiple uses
+ Detailed instructions for setting up a "Speed Dating" atmosphere in your classroom
+ 12 pages of student handouts and activities
+ BONUS Character Problem Chart, that can be used as an outline to an original
short story or as a way to analyze key character decisions in ANY novel