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 four pages:
- A one-page student handout
- A three-page student-created example
The one-page handout outlines the assignment for students, which breaks the task down into eight basic parts.
The student-created sample has proved invaluable as a "model assignment." The example comes from Shirley Jackson's "A Possibility of Evil," and 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.