This lesson should take approximately 5 classroom hours, though more or less time could be allotted depending on which elements you choose to include or omit.
This lesson packet includes:
General overview of the lesson.
Schedule for content delivery.
Lecture notes and group discussion prompts.
Applicable Common Core Standards
Suggestions for extension of the lesson.
HANDOUT: Lewis Carroll’s “The Garden of Live Flowers”
WORKSHEET: “The Four Elements of Character”
The primary goal of this lesson plan is to assist students with the task of creating complex characters in order to produce a short piece of narrative writing.
Secondary goals include:
Students will step out of their own shoes to create characters different from themselves.
Students will understand the importance of the narrator’s voice and become familiar with the terms “filter” and “slant” as they pertain to all forms of writing.
Students will realize that a good story nearly writes itself when based on an intriguing character facing a problem or problems.
Students will collaborate with partners and as a group.
Students will write in both first person and third person points-of-view.
Students will have the opportunity to share their work aloud and to listen to their peers, culminating with peer feedback and implementation of peer suggestions.
Applicable COMMON CORE Standards
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters
(Optional) CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.