Young writers often write fictional characters as superficially described puppets for plots, without delving into the personalities, psychological profiles, and interrelationships that make a character come to life. This lesson focuses on developing memorable personality details that force writers to develop complexity in their style, by adding backstories and motives for behaviors. This exercise and discussion regarding character development will certainly enhance future reading experiences in terms of how the young writers will then analyze the way other authors lead them into the heads and hearts and lives of fictional characters. This is yet another of my lessons to enhance writing for future enhancement of critical analysis.
The students could even write literary responses based on this lesson: they could trade pieces with a new partner and write on-demand short essay paragraphs about their fellow students' stylistic techniques in the final drafts written in this lesson.