I use this sheet for students to deconstruct the character of Max in Dave Egger's short story, 'Max at Sea,' which can be found on The New Yorker's website. However, this file is fully modifiable and could be adapted to any short story. I have updated the file to encourage use of direct text evidence in an attempt to be compliant with new Common Core Standards. Beyond deconstructing the character, students are asked to evaluate their inferences and there is an above standard component to the assignment as well for striated instruction. The file is formatted to create back to back half sheets.
by Jon Cowan
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