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Distance Learning or Classroom Character Autopsies for Any Novel, Grades 4-10

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Need an engaging way to teach characterization whether you're in the classroom, remote learning, or hybrid? Peel back the layers of any character with this engaging character autopsy activity for grades 4-10. Includes print OR completely digital character autopsies! Students will work individually or in groups to determine what's in a character's heart and brain, what a character's perspective of the world might be, what a character would hold in their hands forever, what it's like to walk in their shoes, and more. Students practice using text based evidence to support their analysis of the character. This activity is completely standards-based and your kids will LOVE IT!

Included in this product:

  • Teacher Directions
  • Digital Links that can be shared in Google Classroom
  • Digital Character Autopsy "bodies"
  • Digital Surgical Team Sign-Ups
  • Tips and Tools for a Character Autopsy Classroom Transformation
  • Caution Signs
  • Model Autopsy answer
  • Standards Based Rubric
  • Individual Project Instructions
  • Group Project Instructions
  • Task Cards for each body part for in-person learning
  • Character Body Parts (new body parts recently added!)
  • Character Autopsy Figure
  • NEW! Large Character Autopsy Block Poster

Have fun and get creative while reinforcing important analysis skills!

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Total Pages
27 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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