Campbell high school podcast 4 characterization

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Question #2 deals with character analysis. This podcast helps you understand what to look for when scrutinizing characters.

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Campbell high school podcast 4 characterization

  1. 1. Campbell High School Summer Reading Podcast #4- Characterization
  2. 2. Characters • For fiction novels, choose two characters from the text. • In two to three paragraphs, analyze how these complex characters develop throughout the text. Be sure to provide specific examples from the text. • For nonfiction books, choose two events or situations from the text. • In two to three paragraphs, analyze how these complex events or situations develop throughout the text. Be sure to provide specific examples from the text.
  3. 3. Characters How to read for character analysis-  Make a list, a timeline or a cluster map for each character  Describe the character in detail from the evidence the author gives you about the character.  Note how the character changes or grows over time.
  4. 4. Characters Static or Dynamic • A static character doesn’t change or grow over the course of a story • The reader understands a dynamic character’s thinking and motivations. The character often changes as a result of conflicts and events in the story. Flat or Round • A flat character is one- dimensional or even stereotypical- the bully, the evil step mother, the mad scientist • A round character is multidimensional- the bitter loner who begins to love again as a result of meeting a new person or the popular girl who falls from grace when people find out how mean she actually is Antagonist- a character who is in conflict with another character; an adversary Protagonist- leading or major character; hero or heroine; advocate
  5. 5. Characters Character Brainstorm List • Young girl, maybe 8 (Ch. 1) • Red hood, gift from mom (Ch. 1) • Given a job- seems like a big responsibility. Had she done this before? • Also had to carry a basket that seemed heavy … • Told to not to go off the path and not to talk to strangers- an 8 year old would do both …
  6. 6. Characters Little Red Riding Hood young, maybe 8 years old obedient friendly trusting innocent gullible
  7. 7. Characters Chapter 1- Chapter 2- Chapter 3- Chapter 4- Chapter 5- Physical Description of Red and job she had to do – responsible, young and innocent Red’s observation of the scary forest Red meets the wolf but isn’t scared, shares food … naïve and gullible Interaction with the wolf dressed in Grandma’s clothes. She doesn’t question the Wolf’s motives- naive The woodsman arrives, saving the day. Grandma is rescued from the closet. Red learns a lesson.
  8. 8. Characters Example: Little Red Riding Hood is the protagonist in the children’s fairy tale of the same name. The character is static, not dynamic, because she doesn't change or grow throughout the story. She isn’t flat, however, as the reader sees her reactions to danger, especially in Chapter 5. When the story opens, her mother gives her a present of a cape with a hood (Chapter 1). The reader doesn’t even know her name. She is given the responsibility to take a basket of food to her ill grandmother. She is warned not to stop or talk to anyone, which means that the danger of strangers and wolves was well known. Why a little girl would be sent alone through treacherous woods with the potential of harm, injury or kidnapping make me wonder about her parents’ ability to raise their daughter well. In Chapter 4, Red Riding Hood is stopped by the wolf …
  9. 9. Characters Example: Little Red Riding Hood the protagonist in the children’s fairy tale of the same name. The character is static, not dynamic, because she doesn't change or grow throughout the story. The reader doesn’t even know her name. She isn’t flat, however, as the reader sees Red’s reactions to danger, especially in Chapter 5. When the story opens, her mother gives her a present of a cape with a hood (Chapter 1). She is given the responsibility to take a basket of food to her ill grandmother. She is warned not to stop or talk to anyone, which means that the danger of strangers and wolves was well known. Why a little girl would be sent alone through treacherous woods with the potential of harm, injury or kidnapping makes me wonder about her parents’ ability to raise their daughter well. In Chapter 4, Red Riding Hood is stopped by the wolf …
  10. 10. Characters How to earn a top score on the rubric  Write several (3 or more) detailed paragraphs for each character  Address how each character progresses through the story, Make sure to include how the character ends up compared to his or her introduction.  Use specific details and cite the area of the text where this evidence comes from- page number or chapter  Analyze how this evidence supports the character’s growth or change throughout the story.
  11. 11. Rubric Task Points 1. Theme 20 2. For fiction, analyze two characters. For nonfiction, analyze two events or situations. 10 3. Quotations 10 4. In-class Essay- Will be administered the week of August 26-29, 2013 for Fall and the week of January 27-31, 2014 for Spring. * 40 Points Total (A separate grade will be given for the in-class essay)

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