Writing Character Analyses guides your students step by step through the process of analyzing a character in literature. Students choose a character from a book they know well and closely analyze the character's development, connecting changes in the character to the larger themes of the work. 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 thinking about the character traits of one of their role models. Then they read a sample analysis of the main character in Fahrenheit 451. 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 theme and write fluent sentences. 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 find and correct.
- Publishing activities help students create a clean final copy of their analyses and reflect on what they have learned.