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This is a fun activity to check for understanding of protagonist/antagonist/foil in your language arts classroom. This activity includes a list of 27 characters to be sorted into the correct categories along with an answer key. I’ve come up with four options for using this activity with my students:
Option A: Interactive Notebooks
Have your students cut out the character names on the “Character Sort” sheet provided. Have them glue the title row into their Interactive Notebooks, and then give them time to sort the characters into the correct categories. The sorting sheet is a perfect fit for a composition notebook.
Option B: Find Your Partners
Distribute one character task card to each student in your class and ask them to find the other characters from their stories. Once together, they should determine who fits each role and be prepared to defend their rationale to the class.
Option C: Group/Partner Sort
Have students work together to sort the characters into the correct categories. This can be a race against other groups or a center activity depending on what best meets the needs of your students.
Option D: Character Sort Scoot
Place one task card on each desk. As students scoot around the room, they will record whether the character is a protagonist/antagonist/foil.