This is one of my favorite activities of the year. I have students read about how authors reveal character. I often divide this up amongst partners, who read and become experts and teach the class their part.
Then we read this amazing poem I found somewhere once upon a time called "Mavis Hill." I have Googled it OFTEN and cannot find it anywhere. I'm providing it for free, as I don't know to whom it actually belongs.
Then, I have students work together as groups to do a close read activity. I did create this, and it is awesome. The kids really get into the poem via these questions!
Depending on my time limitations -- and this is my favorite part, I give them a personality quiz so they can find out their character archetype. This was given to me about 20 years ago, and I really have no idea where it came from. It's free as well...just a part of the lesson plan. With the archetype quiz is a cool breakdown of characteristics of a few character archetypes. I do have students write about their own archetype and what archetype they think Mavis Hill is.
I have them complete a graphic organizer over the character of Mavis Hill, but you could use this organizer with ANY character. I created it years ago and use it OFTEN. This graphic organizer is a CHARACTER graphic organizer, posted separately.
Finally, I have them write a short essay analyzing the character of Mavis Hill. I have a side-by-side I give them. I am providing this in a different purchase, as I cannot add more than the two files I've posted. It will be in a Word Doc titled "Side by Side for Mavis Hill" in case you want to alter the mentor text for your own classroom purposes.
I teach block schedule, and this assignment (along with 20 minutes of silent reading and 5-10 minute warm-ups or grammar mini-lessons) could easily take three blocks.
If I were going to workshop any of the writing selections, I would like either workshop the short answer response they wrote as their exit ticket, or I would add another day onto the lesson plan and have them write a shadow piece of the poem itself, mimicking the author's style.