Why teach character motive? Students can tell you what characters do in stories, but often struggle with why they do it. Knowing the motive is important for helping students develop a deeper understanding of the characters’ actions and how the events impact the development of the plot.
This download includes tools and resources designed to carry students through a mini-lesson that gives them the foundational knowledge they need to determine motive.
The following resources are included in the download:
• A Character Motive/Motivation PowerPoint—A mini-lesson which includes an introduction to determining motive and a quick gradual release activity (I Do, We Do, You Do) for practice.
• PPT Notes--printout with teaching instructions for the PPT
• Guided Practice Worksheet--to accompany PPT (students can work along with the teacher and peers)
• Worksheet for Independent Practicewith answer key
• How to Determine Motive/Motivation Handout for students
• Note-taking organizer handout
• Anchor Chart
**Note: The Zip File contains 2 files—the PowerPoint (15 slides) and the Instructional Packet (26 pages).