There two characterization inference activities (part of my Soldier's Heart Novel Unit Bundle
) are great ways to analyze the main character Charley in Gary Paulsen's Civil War novel Soldier's Heart. These inference pages will help students draw conclusions from story details.
The first page is a character dialogue writing activity that can be used anytime after reading chapter 3. It allows students to write questions and answer them from Charley's perspective, using information given in the novel as well as students' own inferences and connections.
The second activity can be used as an inference/characterization practice at any point while reading Soldier's Heart. It provides an example of each of the four types of characterization (direct, words, actions, and other characters' reactions), and students are challenged to find their own examples of each and make a character inference from each quote about Charley.
The third page is a Venn diagram, where students will compare Charley at the beginning and end of the novel, analyzing the many changes he goes through and the reasons for these changes. This is a great way to emphasize the major effects of the Civil War on real people!
There are many possible right answers, but for the second activity I have included a "key" with possible inferences and text evidence.