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11 19-13

  1. 1. characterization 11­19­13.notebook 11/19/13 November 19, 2013 Assignments: 8th Grade Language Arts Agenda: -Chapters 12-13 in The Giver (F) 1. Independent Reading -Spelling Test (F) 2. The Giver characterizations -Comments (F) -Vocab Unit 7 (F) -Vocab Writing (T 11/26) 3. An Interview of Historical Proportions -Interview Questions (M 12/2) 1
  2. 2. characterization 11­19­13.notebook November 19, 2013 Character: someone or something whose actions, choices, thoughts, words, and influences are important to developing the plot • people • other living creatures • non-living things (i.e. good or evil) Protagonist: a single character or a small group of characters whose goal or problem is the core of the plot (does not have to be good, but a good protagonist is often the "hero" of the story) Antagonist: the character, group, or force that opposes the protagonist (can be the villain) 2
  3. 3. characterization 11­19­13.notebook November 19, 2013 Characterization: the name for the techniques a writer uses to reveal the personality of the characters to the reader. • Words: comments by the narrator, dialogue by others, as well as the character's own words; also how words are said- dialect, slang, tone- are important • Thoughts: what's going on in the character's mind • Appearance: the character's physical characterization and clothing • Actions: what the character does • Interactions: how the character relates to others • Names: often symbolic of a major character trait or role • Chosen Setting: the items, furnishings, etc, that the character chooses to surround him/herself with • Change/Development: the occurrence of and direction of change or development that a character undergoes inwardly 3
  4. 4. characterization 11­19­13.notebook November 19, 2013 1. What techniques does Lowry NOT use for characterization? 2. What is the effect on you of only the children and the Old being named? 3. How does Asher interact with others? 4. What changes in Jonas's character have you seen so far in the story? 5. How would you characterize Father and his role in the story so far? 4
  5. 5. characterization 11­19­13.notebook November 19, 2013 Symbol: Symbol for Jonas: "dove" "destroyer" "peace" 6. Why do you think Lois Lowry chose this name for her main character? Do you think her choice was deliberate? 7. What impact, if any, does this name have on the story? 5
  6. 6. characterization 11­19­13.notebook November 19, 2013 Interview Essay Overall Objective/Goal: Making a Connection to History through Literature and Writing Students will connect the importance of learning about history/family history with their understanding of The Giver What to do: Prepare for, conduct, present and evaluate an interview of one of your oldest living relatives or family friends. • Select the person who will be interviewed and conduct a preliminary interview to determine if the formal interview will be about a particular historical event, time period or about the person’s life. • After the topic of the interview has been determined, a list of questions will be prepared. The type of questions that will be asked will be determined by the topic of the interview. The name of the person who will be interviewed and the list of questions are due Monday, December 2nd. (must be typed) • Write questions that will encourage narrative answers rather than questions that can be responded to with a yes or no. • Responses to the questions will be recorded by taking notes, video taping, or tape recording. Due Monday, January 6th. 6
  7. 7. characterization 11­19­13.notebook November 19, 2013 Class Presentation: The results of the interview will be presented to the class on Thursday and Friday January 9th and 10th. Requirements: • The introduction to the presentation will include a description of the person interviewed, why you selected that person and an explanation of the topic of the interview and the type of questions that were asked. • The body of the presentation will be the information gathered during the interview and presented in narrative style from the third person perspective. • If the interview was video or audio taped, excerpts from the tapes may be used as part of the narrative. • The conclusion will be an evaluation of the interview. The evaluation will include answers to these questions: What new insights did you gain? Did the interview change your opinion or perspective about something? Was the source biased about any of the topics? • A typed essay will be turned in at the conclusion of the class presentation. Have the copy signed by the person interviewed to demonstrate their approval of your summary. (use middle school standard format) 7

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