Hugely popular with my 3rd grade advanced literacy/GATE group, this lesson is right on target for 4th and 5th grade groups as well. (If you are looking for bit more difficult but similar hands-on challenge, you might prefer “Backpacks and Satchels” which is also available in my TPT store.) Use this with any source of literature which contains a character: short stories, novels, biographies, autobiographies, and even poetry.
In this literary character analysis lesson, students create a team uniform and mascot for a literary character. The team’s colors and mascot are metaphors for the character’s traits and personality, and students must provide textual evidence to support their metaphors. It’s great critical thinking, practice in identifying literary evidence, creativity, art, and graphic design all wrapped together. As always, our activities are Common Core referenced as well.
What’s best? It’s darn good fun and the sneakiest sort of learning!
This lesson represents best practices in kid literary analysis, GATE, and 21st Century Learning. Students go deeply INSIDE text and express their understanding by extending their thinking OUTSIDE of the text by analyzing characters and creating metaphors.
Included are ready-to-print activity sheets, explanations, photos of sample work, and Common Core references which will lead you through the lessons.