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Out of Africa - Character Analysis Activity - Isak Dinesen

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The following quote is feedback from a TPT buyer who purchased a similar character analysis activity for a different piece of literature:

"This is a comprehensive packet. The students comprehension of this book went through the roof. I loved it."

In this activity, students will select a character from the text in which they would like to analyze. They will select a line from the text that demonstrates how their chosen character exhibits the following traits in the novel: physical, philosophical, emotional, social and intellectual. Students will also list the page number where the line is found in the text.

There are two worksheets provided with different words to describe each trait. This is meant to allow students to better understand the traits- if needed. One worksheet asks students to find a line from the text for each of the traits listed above (physical, philosophical, emotional, social and intellectual). The second worksheet uses the following wording to describe the traits: physical trait, treats others, acts towards others, feels about things, and way of thinking.

One thing I really like about this activity is that some students select the same line but have different perspectives for which trait it supports. The class discussion for this activity allows students to read their lines from the text and share their understanding as to why they believe it supports a particular trait.

There are also two pages of questions for students to consider when they analyze their chosen character. These questions prompt students in different ways to analyze a character deeper. The two pages provide questions for physical, philosophical, emotional, social and intellectual traits.

The worksheet is a great activity for students to complete as they read through a literary work. You may simply have students complete the worksheet just to understand a character better. This activity also sets the stage for students to write a character analysis that is one paragraph, five paragraphs or seven paragraphs; you can modify the length of the essay to fit your needs.

This worksheet allows for students to “see” which traits they should include in their five paragraph essays: introductory paragraph, three body paragraphs and a concluding paragraph. I ask students to bring in a quote/line from the text that supports their claim for each trait.

Each worksheet is 1.5-2 pages, totaling four pages.

There are two pages of questions.

This packet contains a total of six pages.

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