Writing Character Analyses guides your students step by step through the process of analyzing a character in literature. Using quotations and other evidence from sources, students carefully analyze one or more characters, connecting descriptions and actions to the larger themes of a work of literature. Instructions, activities, examples, interactives, and downloads help students learn new skills for analyzing characters. You can also present this unit right from your interactive whiteboard.
First students warm up by analyzing a person that they know and like. Then they read a sample analysis of key characters in Cry, the Beloved Country. After responding to the sample analysis, students work step by step through the process of writing their own character analyses:
- Prewriting activities help students select a work of literature, focus on significant characters, and gather key information about them.
- Writing activities help students write a beginning that grabs the reader's interest, gives the title and the author, and provides the thesis for the analysis. The middle paragraphs develop main points that support the thesis, using quotations and other evidence from the literature. The ending paragraph thoughtfully wraps up the analysis.
- Revising activities help students connect characters to themes and select strong evidence to support their thesis. Students also get a peer review and use a checklist to improve their analyses.
- Editing activities help students improve the conventions in their analyses. An editing checklist includes common errors for students to correct.
- Publishing activities help students create a clean final copy of their analyses and reflect on what they have learned.