Get your students excited about reading and writing with this Character Jigsaw Inspired Writing activity that employs inquiry learning! These cards review the four methods of characterization: physical description, actions, thoughts and speech, and other characters’ reactions. Text examples are from the following classic stories: “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty, and “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. The activity can be completed before or after reading any or all of the stories. With Inspired Writing, students use the texts they read as models for their own writing.
This product includes 48 cards, 12 for each method of characterization. Copy the card pages from front to back and organize them by method of characterization. Each student gets four cards; then he/she builds and writes his/her own character with the text examples for each method of characterization.
This 30 page file includes the following: Character Jigsaw directions, 48 characterization cards, characterization graphic organizer, and character sketch handout.
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