I had students select a strip of paper from a jar that had a character's name on it. Then, students were given the role of being a casting director for an upcoming remake of To Kill a Mockingbird. They have been entrusted with casting an appropriate actor of actress to play the part of the character they selected from the jar. Students had to provide three character traits from the novel and three quotes to exemplify those traits. Then, they must give reasons why their chosen actor/actress was appropriate for the role. Finally, students must print a head shot of that actor or actress to staple to this worksheet.
This activity is a fun, useful way to practice character development while using textual evidence to support claims. My students really enjoyed it. I had them present their roles in small groups, vote for the best actor/actress, and share out with the class.