This product has the following resources that are meant to be used to help students begin writing evidence based responses specifically around characterization. The following materials are in this product:
Cornell Notes on Evidence-Based Responses-Student Version: This is a front and back page of guided notes that gives a purpose for writing evidence-based responses, defines the difference between direct (tell) and indirect (show) characterization with definitions of each. There are also examples of direct and indirect characterization from Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. (These are very short excerpts and one does not need to be reading the text to use the notes.) There is a template, which is color-coded and labeled, to help give students a structure for using evidence including MLA in-text citation. There is also space for students to practice writing their own paragraph and tips for peer editing.
Cornell Notes on Evidence-Based Responses-Teacher Version: This is the same version as the above; however, the blanks are filled in. I project this while students read and fill in the blanks during a quick mini-lesson.
Peer Editing Documents 1-8: These are student examples from my classes that exemplify one of the five peer editing tips. This gives students extra examples of characterization paragraphs (not all exemplars) with the feedback that other students gave to help with revisions. Examples here are from Bud, Not Buddy and One Crazy Summer, although again, one does not need to be reading the books to use these as examples of characterization.
NOTE: Please look closely at the thumbnail images to ensure that this product will benefit your classroom. The "Teacher Version" is posted so that you can see what information is available and what information is left out. This is meant to be an introduction to using evidence to support a claim on a character's traits.