Springboard Lesson on Characterization


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A 6th grade lesson from Unit 2 in the Springboard curriculum explaining characterization in a story

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  • Springboard Lesson on Characterization

    1. 1. Unit 2: Changes in My World The Lion King Created by: Gina GiordanoUn de rs ta n di ng C h a racter iz ati on
    2. 2. Definition
    3. 3. DefinitionCharacterization is the process of conveyinginformation about characters in narrative or dramatic works of art oreveryday conversation. Characters may be presented by means ofdescription, through their actions, speech, or thoughts.
    4. 4. Ways to know a Character Appearancehow the character lookshow the character dresses Thoughts and conversationwhat the character says, thinks, or feelswhat others in the story say or think about thecharacter Actionswhat the character doeswhat the character chooses not  to dowhat others in the story do to the main character
    5. 5. Types of CharactersProtagonist★ The main character in the storyAntagonist★ The character or force that opposes theprotagonistFoil★ A character who provides a contrast tothe protagonist.
    6. 6. Major versus Minor MAJOR CHARACTERS MINOR CHARACTERSAlmost always round or three-dimensional Almost always flat or two-dimensionalcharacters. They have good and bad characters. They have only one or twoqualities. Their goals, ambitions and values striking qualities. Their predominant qualitychange. A round character changes as a is not balanced by an opposite quality. Theyresult of what happens to him or her. A are usually all good or all bad. Suchcharacter who changes inside as a result of characters can be interesting or amusing inwhat happens to him is referred to in their own right, but they lack depth. Flatliterature as a DYNAMIC character. A characters are sometimes referred to asdynamic character grows or progresses to a STATIC characters because they do nothigher level of understanding in the course change in the course of the story.of the story.
    7. 7. Character: _____________________ Main Character Trait:Directions: Write the character’s main personality trait or attribute in the center. Findfour pieces of evidence in the text which reveal the trait or attribute. Write the evidenceon the lines provided. (Include the page number on which you found the evidence.)© 2006 Education Oasis™ http://www.educationoasis.com May be reproduced for classroom use only.
    8. 8. Readers who want to understand a charactercan ask questions like the following:Are the characters believable?  Have you ever felt like this character,  or have you knownanyone who felt like this character?  What about the character seemed real and true?Is each character’s behavior consistent with what we know about him or her?  Does thebehavior remain consistent throughout the book?  Is the change that occurs in thecharacter consistent with what we know about the character?Although the character’s behavior is consistent, is it also not stereotyped?  Does thecharacter’s behavior show that the character is a unique individual?Do you identify with the character?  How would you have reacted if you were the character?Does the character change or learn as the story progresses?  Does the character reach anew understanding about the situation or about life?Is the character memorable? Will you remember this character in a month?
    9. 9. Directions: In the left-hand column, write the character traits of the one of the characters in the story. In the right-hand column, list how the trait is revealed in the text. (Traits can be revealed by events, actions, words, thoughts, attitudes, and feelings.) Character: ___________________________________ Trait Revealed by... Character Traits Word Bank adventurous, afraid, ambitious, arrogant, bad, bold, bossy, brainy, brave, brilliant, calm, careful, careless, charming, cheerful, childish, cowardly, cruel, curious, demanding, depressed, dishonest, eager, easygoing, energetic, evil, faithful, fearless, foolish, friendly, funny, gentle, giving, gloomy, graceful, greedy, guilty, happy, healthy, helpful, honest, hopeful, imaginative, impatient, impolite, innocent, inventive, intelligent, jealous, kind, lazy, lonely, loving, loyal, lucky, mature, mean, mysterious, nervous, nice, noisy, obedient, peaceful, pleasant, polite, poor, proud, quiet, responsible, rough, rowdy, rude, sad, scared, selfish, serious, shy, silly, sly, smart, sneaky, spoiled, strange, sweet, talented, thoughtful, thoughtless, trusting, trustworthy, unfriendly, unhappy, upset, warm, weak, wicked, wise, worried, zany © 2006 Education Oasis™ http://www.educationoasis.com May be reproduced for classroom use only.
    10. 10. AnalyzingCharacter refers to a person, an animal or anobject in a story. It is very important thatcharacters are well-developed, believable andconsistent.  At the beginning of a story aconflict is presented for the main characterto resolve.  There are secondary characterswho are important to the main characterbecause they help the main character movetoward solving a problem.  By the end of astory, a character should change or growsomehow.  This could be by learning somethingnew or by growing in understanding of self.
    11. 11. How does Simba change in the endof the story? What happens thatmakes him grow?
    12. 12. Name Date Period Character Study Other people think that I... What I really like is... Draw a picture in this space. One day I will... I really dislike... I like people who... My favorite thing to do is... Freeology.com - Free Teaching Resources
    13. 13. References★Freeology.com★Educationoasis.com★Disney images from Google images★Disney writters Irene Mecchi & Johnathon Roberts★Disney song writer Hans Zimmer rd Create d as an enha nc emen t to th e 6t h grade Sp ringb oa cu rr icu lum fo r Un it 2