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This activity has proven a favourite among my students when studying characters (be it short stories or novels). Students benefits from a deeper understanding into a character by analyzing the various facets of their characterization: from thoughts, actions, speech, physical description, et cetera.
In addition, this assignment has students work with metaphor and symbolism, as they are asked to visually represent each of the traits they will go on to explain about their chosen character.
Finally, as students work on the assignment, they are also working with the original text, extracting specific evidence and direct quotations. They will unwittingly become literary analysts!
The students needs to draw/collage or otherwise visually represent their chosen character. For each of the eight elements of the visual representation students must then write an accompanying sentence to explain their choice along with a direct quotations from the text evidencing their interpretation of the character.
This product includes 15 PDF pages and 10 PowerPoint Slides:
- Detailed Assignment Handouts (both a Junior and Senior version)
- Multiple student-created examples (both visual and written)
- Two different marking rubrics (one out of 20 marks; one out of 30 marks)
- Examples are also provided in PowerPoint form (and with zoomed-in details) for easy showing to your students.
The Detailed Assignment Handout outlines the assignment for students, and breaks the task down into eight basic parts.
The student-created samples have proved invaluable as a "model assignment." The example comes the character of Sam Wood in John Ball's novel, In the Heat of the Night, and the other is Miss Strangeworth from Shirley Jackson's short story, "A Possibility of Evil." Both allows you to show students (in full colour) what your expectations are. These three pages will clear up any confusion for your students and allow them to ask better questions.
While there are 25 pages in all, I think it would be more accurate to describe the resource as having 12 pages of full-content.