** This works well with any novel, novella or short story. It comes with reproducible worksheets to help your students organize research.
In order for students to understand the revealing nature of literature, they have to be able to identify the connections that exist among the stories they are reading and the human condition. This requires a careful examination of character relationships, dialogue, and inner/exterior monologue, as well as character behavior and reaction to events within the plot. Just as students can get a sense of how their peers view the world through what is revealed in conversations and personal encounters, they can apply the same analytical skills to the characters they encounter within the text. This activity will give students a lens to look through while conducting a character analysis, as well as a way to apply what they find to a greater understanding of human nature and their world.
This assignment will take a portion of a class period to set up through discussions and modeling, but the remainder is completed outside of class as the student reads. It works well with both short stories and novels, and can be coupled with another project without overwhelming your students.