Character Development Graphic Organizer for The Road, analyzing characters

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9th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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  1. Talk, Jot, Rotate is a cross between a Socratic Seminar and Speed “Dating” Debating. Students will answer 10 questions relating to important themes and concepts in McCarthy’s, The Road. The discussion is fast-paced because, with each new question, the students rotate their seating so they have a new
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This is a simple one-page graphic organizer that is aimed at having students analyze the characters of the man and the boy in Cormac McCarthy's novel, The Road. Students will choose a character and analyze their thoughts, feelings, words, actions, and motivations. Then, they will analyze who these two characters influence each other. You can use this graphic organizer as you're reading the novel, or after you're finished reading the novel.

Note: I did not supply a rubric for this creative activity. This is in accordance with my educational philosophy as listed in my profile. Sometimes it's good to just let the students create and learn just for education's sake.

key words: the road, characterization, analysis, literature, Cormac McCarthy, motivation, literary

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45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.


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