Understanding Character: Activities for Secondary Students

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Room 213
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8th - 12th
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Character analysis is a staple of secondary ELA studies. However, students will sometimes focus too much on the superficial with the characters they analyze. This product is designed to help students explore the character of the people around them, the characters in their novels and even themselves. There are five activities: use them all or pick and choose the ones that will work best with your curriculum and your students.

-Students will explore the Humans of New York website and complete an activity that has them investigate how Brandon Stanton, the creator of the site, illustrates character. Then, they will use what they learn about two of his subjects and create more questions to further explore their characters.

-Students will choose from faces provided in the slideshow and/or handouts. They will record their initial reactions based on the subject’s physical appearance, and then explore, through questions and response, who the person really is on the inside.

-Students will do an activity that has them explore their own character. They will describe what others see and then develop questions and response that would illustrate their true characters.

-Students will photograph and interview two people. I would suggest that they do one person that they know and one that they do not. I have included an editable assignment page so you can adapt as necessary. For example, you may prefer that your students interview only people they know.

-Finally, students will use what they have learned through the previous activities to explore the characters in their novels.

Most of the handouts are optional; you can just use the slideshow and have students respond in their notebooks.

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♥ This was, by far, one of the best resources I have ever purchased from TPT. We used it to explore ourselves, people in our community, and characters in Pride and Prejudice. The end products my students created were stunning!

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20 pages, 25 slides
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