Character Analysis with Text Messaging with Adobe Photoshop

Students imaginatively analyze the motivations and personalities of literary characters by creating fictional text messages
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Character Analysis with Text Messaging
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About This Strategy

This 60-minute strategy helps students imaginatively analyze the motivations and personalities of literary characters. Using a template in Adobe Photoshop, students work independently or collaboratively to create a fictional text message exchange between two characters to demonstrate their understanding of persona and character motivation. 

Adobe Photoshop is a fun tool that helps students make professional-looking images to present information in creative ways. Because students use a premade template in this strategy, the application of content with creativity fast and easy. 

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Spark Post

  • Editable Resource Bundle

  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

60 minutes

Learn. 

Students imagine how characters might use text messaging to discuss a fictional event using these steps. In the strategy, students consider how two characters talk about helping a child in need.  Students will show character motivation and character knowledge. This strategy models a conversation between a Puck (a sprite) and Oberon (the king of Fairies), characters from a Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare. Feel free to use any event/topic that is best for you.  (15 minutes)

Draft. 

Independently or in pairs, students consider how two characters from their assigned reading would respond to seeing a child who is upset on the playground. Feel free to use this sample as inspiration.  [For distance learning, if students want to work in pairs, you can assign digital partners or breakout video conferencing rooms.] (20 minutes).

Create.

Students apply their knowledge and create an imagined text message exchange using an Adobe Photoshop template. Students can use this samplevideo tutorial and this guidance and this rubric to help them. Encourage students to think deeply about character motivation  using evidence from their text. (20 minutes)

Share.

Students share their projects using your learning management system or other preferred method. (5 minutes)

Steps for Students

You will imaginatively analyze how literary characters interact via text message about a fictional event to demonstrate your understanding of character motivation and personas.  

Adobe Photoshop does more than just manipulate photographs. You can make infographics/images and more to present information in creative ways!

Steps:

  1. Choose two characters in a book or play you are reading at home or in class. If you are in a  group do this and subsequent steps together. Imagine how your characters might text about helping a child in need for example, a child crying on a swing in a playground. Be sure to show character knowledge and motivation in the texts. (15 minutes)
    • Make sure to consider: 

      • What are the unique roles and motivations of those characters in the text you are reading? 

      • Given their unique position and motivation, how might they respond to seeing a child crying on a swing in a playground?

      • Consider how would these two characters communicate about helping this child- what words would they use, would they help right away? Call the Police? Be suspicious? Be empathetic? 

      • And finally how would they communicate towards one another? 

    • For inspiration, take a look at this sample. This is a conversation between a Puck (a sprite) and Oberon (the king of Fairies) who are characters in a Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare. In the play, Puck is deceitful, but ultimately good.  Oberon wants Puck to do his bidding and is often asking him for favors. Puck and Oberon’s text exchange mirrors their relationship in the play.  In this imagined scenario, Oberon sees a child crying on a swing in the fairy forest playground.  He decides to text Puck.

  2.  ​​​​​​​Get ready to create your own text exchange! Draft what your characters would say to one another using your thinking from step 1.  To save time,  use this  Adobe Photoshop template. You can also go to this video tutorial and this guidance. Have some fun adding appropriate emojis to further illustrate the character's emotions. (40 minutes)
  3.  Share your text exchange as directed by your instructor. (5 minutes)

Rubric for a Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' text message exchanges.