These characterization/inference activities (part of my Shades of Gray novel unit
will help students use details from the novel Shades of Gray to make inferences about characters.
The first activity can be used after reading chapter 3; students will use information given in the story to draw conclusions about Will's character, the setting at the beginning of the novel, and especially his feelings and reactions to his new life with his aunt and uncle. This is a great way to get students thinking about the importance of point of view in this novel, and it is also a chance for students to write a first-person dialogue from the perspective of a character. If time allows, I suggest letting students read their dialogues aloud with partners!
The second page guides students as they find characterization clues about Uncle Jed, arguably the next most important character after Will. Students will locate quotes exemplifying the four main types of characterization (direct characterization, words, actions, and other characters' reactions) and use them to make inferences about Jed's personality, character, and life.
There are also more blank versions of each worksheet included, great for analyzing and comparing multiple characters using text evidence. There are some fascinating minor characters in Shades of Gray, making it a perfect text to teach these characterization skills!
**Teaching Shades of Gray? This resource is part of my Shades of Gray Novel Unit!
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