These two handouts address the stereotypical stock character often found in literature and movies. The first handout guides students to brainstorm eight different stock characters and list their defining traits. This is great group work activity. If you allow internet access, students can research more traits as well as a variety of stock characters. This handout is ideal for teaching stock characters (stereotypes) in Shakespeare plays, Dickens' novels, To Kill a Mockingbird, Great Gatsby, and Uncle Tom's Cabin. Disney stories are a great place to start for initial understanding of concept.
The second handout guides students to turn their answers from handout one into a literary analysis of one paragraph. Students follow steps to compose a well-written paragraph with little support. This writing practice is a great tool to demonstrate how to write a tight literary analysis. Only a paragraph, it is a quick approach to tackling analysis writing practice both for you and for your students.
Jennifer L. Weaver