Action Is Character: Exploring Character Traits with Adjectives
By "becoming" a character in a novel they have read and making lists from that character's perspective, students analyze the character while also enriching their vocabulary. Students gain a deeper understanding of a character by creating charts linking the character's actions with the character's traits. They explore adjectives through a variety of resources. They then use their analysis of the character and their knowledge of adjectives to create descriptive lists of their own three other characters from the novel. The worksheet instructions in the lesson use Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as an example, but this activity is effective with any work of literature in which characterization is important. Designed for grades 6-8; includes links to printable handouts and related sites.
Character Analysis Essay
A step by step interactive slide presentation that shows the 10th grade English student how to write a basic character analysis essay of Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart . (Note: download in order for the buttons on the slides to work.)
Character Analysis Essay for
To Kill a Mockingbird
This page uses a "framed paragraph" approach for a 5-paragraph essay. It includes a model.
How to Write a Character Analysis and Personal Review
Overview designed for college students, will work with 9-12. Includes the following related posts:
How to Write a Character Analysis: Introduction
This blog post focuses on hooks and setting up the thesis statement.
How to Write a Character Analysis: Body Paragraphs
This blog post focuses on paragraph structure.
How to Write a Character Analysis: Concluding Paragraph
Rephrase, paraphrase, remind, other suggestions.
How to Write a Character Analysis: Titles
Suggestion: pull a phrase from the last sentence.
Describing a Character for a Character Analysis
Discussing the conflict in the story for a character analysis
Discusses types of conflict.
Writing a Character Analysis: Student Model
This student essay is based on the story "The Scribe" and is designed for middle school. Adobe Reader required.