Choice Novel Unit: Characterization PPT

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Create a visual presentation that describes how a story's plot unfolds and how characters respond to conflict.

Big Idea

Visual presentations that feature literary elements let students show what they know about character qualities.

Mini Lesson: Conflict

15 minutes

In literature, conflict moves the story to its resolution. It is important that students realize the power that conflict has in how a plot unfolds and affects the characters. The four basic types of conflict are: character vs character; character vs world (or society); character vs nature; and character vs self. This conflict resolution poster and video provides some insight into how to present this topic to the class.

PowerPoint Projects

20 minutes

In order to analyze the literary elements, especially characterization since that is the focus of this unit of study, students will work on a PowerPoint Presentation in their reading groups. The resources for this activity come from Instant PowerPoint Lessons & Activities: Literary Elements by Christine Boardman Moen (Scholastic Teaching Resources, 2012). 

We start by watching the sample PowerPoint presentation but take time to note that while the slides lists many of the main characters actions there is not much evidence of what motivates the character. I let the students know that as sixth graders they are capable of deeper analysis and hand out planning pages. As you will see, the directions are somewhat modified in order to reveal some deeper thinking. Today the students work in their groups to create the first four slides. Work will continue on this project in subsequent lessons. Here is a sample of a finished project.

Time to Read

20 minutes

To keep students on track with their reading goals, I give them the last 15-20 minutes of class time to read and take notes. While they do so, I check in with students that I know need extra support.