Analyzing character can be one of the key tools in studying literature. It certainly enriches our understanding of the people in the story, but it also helps make sense of all other aspects of a piece of fiction or nonfiction. It is our door to motivation, foreshadowing, plot development and conflict.
A study of character can also be a key to learning about ourselves. It helps us develop empathy for real people as well as the characters in a story.
This unit provides tools for examining characters beyond what they might look like or their assigned role in a book or short story. Teachers may want to skip back and forth between those exercises designed to explore a student’s character and those designed for use with the study of literature.
The students proceed from the familiar to the unfamiliar using themselves as the subject of the exercises then progressing to using a character from a literary work they are studying. Acronym poems, bio poems,collages, and an essay provide the format of the exercises, Examples for character study are Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Ichabod Crane from an adapted version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
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