Meet Miss Huff Puff, Pillow Pooch, Phil Gator, Mr. Hobbles, Hambone, Snagglepuss and Moose, among others, in “Characterization Application by Melissa Donovan”. These characters’ intent in their high-interest passages and stories is to give students multiple opportunities to identify character traits and their supporting actions and quotations in reading. This product progresses to students applying these characterization techniques in their own writing.
Section One: The resources provided below will assist teachers’ instruction and their students with any background information they may need with this product and any CORE areas regarding characterization.
• Characterization Review Grid on traits, actions, and quotations
• List of 60 character traits and definitions
• Characterization vocabulary and definitions
• Two double-paged, color-coded posters on “Quotation Punctuation” and “Three Ways to Write Quotations”.
Section Two: Characterization application begins with three worksheets asking students to observe actual actions of kindness, kindness in a different setting and then a trait of their own choosing.
Section Three and Four: This product progresses with fifteen pieces of text full of action to text full of action and dialogue, to revamped fairy tales and stories. Worksheets, which require character trait identification and supporting evidence, accompany all (detailed answer key too). The worksheets matching the four longer pieces also require more in-depth analysis of the characters, their motivations, interactions, etc.
Section Five: Find a very fun team activity requesting teams to identify well-known Disney characters’ main traits based on supporting evidence, which will produce much debate, fun, and analysis.
Section Six: Find eight graphic organizers, each instructing students to come-up with the pictured character’s main trait in each and then invent actions and quotations which specifically support each of their traits. A teacher-page, an example page for modeling and a final end product, where students come-up with their own pictured character, are also included.
Section Seven: Students write their own short stories with strong characterization application, again stressing action and dialogue. Author’s own story example (two pages) is provided; as well as an analysis worksheet, graphic organizer and rubric.
Concluding, use the 30+ character trait, action, and dialogue application activities and text sequentially, or pick and choose, since the text changes throughout. Use the humorously-intended text and application assignments for modeling, guided practice, continuous application, differentiation, final products, and/or assessments.
Until next time,
Note: See “Table of Contents Preview” for more specifics and progression through the product.
by Melissa J. Donovan
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