Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Characters: The Struggle Within - Section 3: Guided Practice


Using Ta-Na-E-Ka for this activity worked perfectly.  I had the students copy down the notes from the power point slide onto the handout.  Then, as a class, looking at the character traits we were able to come up with many traits that would work with the text example.  This demonstrated the students ability to analyze the text for characterization.  They were having success, using the word bank of traits.  I think they would have struggled coming up with the traits if they didn't have the word back to look at as a resource. 

The really cool thing I was excited about was the connections the students were able to make to the plot of the story.  One student even stated that he predicted the main character, Mary, would break the traditions because she was so bold in the beginning.  This was a perfect connection to the plot of the story.  The students were able to see how the author's development of character traits drives the conflict and the plot.  It will help us predict a character's next move. 

One aspect I thought about changing was to give the students the traits first and then have them find the text example to support it before letting them try it all on their own during the independent time may be risky.  However, my students did very well with the activity and found a lot of success.  I felt confident allowing them to work on their own. 

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Characters: The Struggle Within

Unit 1: Literary Analysis: Recipe for Fiction
Lesson 10 of 11

Objective: SWAT analyze a complex text for conflict and see connections to the character traits.

Big Idea: How can a character trait cause conflict? Students work with a text to see how one girl's boldness changes the customs of a hundred year tradition!

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