Lesson: War Comes to Willy Freeman - Chapter 6: Characterization
-Students must complete a skill check that identifies literary elements such as plot, conflict, foreshadowing and character within the first five chapters of the novel.
- Students must answer the questions for two conflicts from chapter 5. Please allow 3-4 minutes for them to answer fully and in complete sentences.
-Share out answers.
- Discuss the different types of characterization (direct and indirect) with students.
-Give examples of how an author can develop a character directly and indirectly.
- Now students begin to ACTIVELY READ the chapter while answering questions focused mainly on characterization.
What went well?
If students have clear examples, identification of direct and indirect characterization can go smoothly. The nmenonic device of STEAL to identify indirect characterization helps students remember the different types.
What would you change?
Vary the reading technique. I often try to read aloud as a class, alternating between myself and students because I feel that it allows me to monitor best who is reading. However, strategies like small-group reading and solo reading can be easily tracked and add variety.
What needs explanation?
Make sure that the students put themselves in Willy's shoes to give an accurate portrayal of her emotions and her character traits. Identify a character trait can sometimes be difficult for students - whatever they come up with, they must be able to support the trait with evidence from the text.