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High-engagement lessons for analyzing novels!
I use these to get into novels in a unique, modern way that involves social mediae-sque approach. Kids like that they get to imagine what characters are thinking, and what they might say if they had social media. I get to help kids work especially on VOICE of the characters, which includes colloquialisms, slang, and idiomatic terms specific to the time period, location, age and demographic of the character.
Kids love to create these-- they usually request to do these over and over. I'll post them all over the back wall. Kids will spend tons of time writing gossiply blurbs about another character from one character (which inherently character analysis) or even just freewriting from a character's perspective.
I also like to use these to provoke curiosity in the novel. They are basically inquiry lessons. "What would the character do if...?"
These Twitter handouts can be used to create mock Twitter accounts for any character from short stories, novels, movies, etc. These worksheets provide space for elaboration, evidence, and examples. It's easy to use because most students are often used to social media profiles.