This 2-hour strategy helps students explore a text to determine character traits and perspectives. After analyzing the traits and perspectives of characters in a mentor text, students will use the skills they've learned about characterization to create their own character using the style of writing of the author of the mentor text. This strategy can be adapted within a variety of history and literacy courses and students can work individually or in pairs and can be adapted for use with other Adobe products, such as Adobe Premiere Rush.
Adobe Spark Video allows students to demonstrate their thinking through visual content. This strategy helps students capture words/phrases that describe a character mimicking the style of a writer.
Teacher will introduce students to a mentor text, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The teacher will introduce students to the types of characterization used in the text. (15 minutes)
As students read the text, they will understand the role characters play in creating connections with the plot and theme of the text. After reading the text, students will complete a graphic organizer on one of the characters in the text. Then in pairs, students will share their responses in the graphic organizer, focusing on what the text stated about their appearance, traits, and relationship with other characters. (45 minutes)
Students create a new character that could be found in the text. Spark Video will be used to describe this character and its traits based on the style of an author. Students will use these steps to guide them. They can examine an example here, and read this tutorial for guidance and watch a tutorial. (60 minutes)
Students share and publish their video.
You will read and complete a graphic organizer of a character in a piece of literature. Using the same artistic style of F. Scott Fitzgerald, you will create a video of a new character that mimics the traits of individuals found in the text using Adobe Spark Video.
Adobe Spark Video will allow you to use words, images, and music to enhance their ideas and perspectives about a character. You will focus on the style of Fitzgerald and create a character that fits into the storyline of the new text.
1. The teacher will give you criteria to understand how an author develops characters in a story. (15 minutes)
Direct Characterization: author tells what a character is like.
Indirect Characterization: author shows what a character is like (i.e. portraying his/her actions, speech, or thoughts).
There are questions you can ask yourself when trying to understand characterization. Those can include:
What does the character look like?
How does the character behave towards others? How do others behave toward the character?
What does the character seem to care about?
What adjectives does the author use to describe the character's personality?
What does the character think or say?
2. Focus on analyzing the characters within a mentor text. With a partner, use the graphic organizer to respond to questions about a character. Your teacher will provide time for groups to share their responses. The discussion will end by stating how you will create an additional character that would be found in the text you just analyzed. (45 minutes)
3. Now that you have analyzed the author’s style and characterization, create your character using Adobe Spark Video. In 1- to 3-minutes, describe your character and how they fit within the text.
Use the following criteria in your video analysis:
Introduce your character.
1-2 sentences describing their role in the text and impact on other characters in the story.
Voiceover explaining why this character was created for the story.
For guidance on using Adobe Spark Video, follow these steps. (60 minutes)
4. Share your video as directed by your instructor.
Consult the attached rubric to evaluate students' videos.