Reflection: Real World Applications Analyzing Character Perspectives -Lesson 3 of Cinder Book Four - Section 2: Lesson


This lesson was inspired by a discussion with a student.  We had been discussing bullies and the student talked about how books always seem to have a bad character that you wish wasn't there - a bully.  I inserted that if that character wasn't there the story wouldn't be the same - or maybe there would be no story.  Perfect example - Darth Vader - a necessary evil in Star Wars.  I suggested that having/seeing the bad helps use recognize/appreciate the good.

That led to, "Well, he's kind of misunderstood."  I grew up when Vader was a bad guy - well until the end of the story when he dies, but with the new episodes my students have a back story that allows them to empathize with him. So, we discussed this and it led to this lesson.

After the lesson, I was pleased with the conversations my students had. I had worried at first about which characters they would choose which was why I took Cinder out of the realm of possibilities.  I assumed she'd be an easy pick, but they choose really interestingly and analyzed with "new eyes".

I was surprised at how readily they could defend (or not) characters like Adri or Pearl in Cinder.  But I also loved how they could bring up comparisons to other generally disliked characters from other stories and even turn on the beloved characters.

  Why empathy - that's not in the Common Core.
  Real World Applications: Why empathy - that's not in the Common Core.
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Analyzing Character Perspectives -Lesson 3 of Cinder Book Four

Unit 5: Literary Reading - "Sooner or later, everything old is new again." Part 4
Lesson 3 of 8

Objective: SWBAT analyze a character's point of view in order to empathize with them.

Big Idea: Can you "magnify" your view with a little empathy?

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