Writers create their characters with what seems like relative ease--but for students, the task can be significantly more difficult. One of the most expedient methods for discovering the mannerisms, facial expressions, and other behaviors that are unique to characters is to use a device found in nearly every home: a television. This activity asks students to observe both characters and on-air personalities and to record the behaviors they observe, and gives them a specific, organized location to record those observations. These characteristics--analyzed, parsed, put together in unexpected ways--can then become the basis for the best character-driven stories your students have ever written!
Enjoy this fun creative writing activity with your students!