This mini-unit employs the popular STEAL acronym to help students understand and apply the concept of CHARACTERIZATION within texts.
The first page is a simple graphic organizer that explains each component of the acronym:
- S = SPEECH: What do the characters SAY/HOW DO THEY SPEAK to reveal their personalities/characteristics?
- T = THOUGHTS: What do the characters’ INNER THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS show about their personalities?
- E = EFFECT ON OTHERS: How do the characters TREAT AND REACT TO OTHER CHARACTERS throughout the text?
- A = ACTIONS: What do the characters DO that reveal their personalities/character traits?
- L = LOOKS: How do the characters LOOK (PHYSICALLY) and what does that tell you about them?
The second page is left intentionally blank to make the last four pages easier to print front-to-back.
The third and fourth pages comprise an activity that require learners to analyze and apply the STEAL concept. Students must read hypothetical scenarios about characters, then infer those characters' traits. The fifth and sixth pages are answer keys to this activity.
The seventh and eighth pages comprise a character log that can be used for any text, poem, story, book, etc. It is a simple table/chart that allows student to think critically about characters and evaluate them with STEAL.