Analyzing Characters


ELAR-Grade-5 Literary Genres Analyzing Characters
Students read a folktale and analyze its characters and their effects on the plot. Then, they read a different version of the same folktale and explain how lack of character interaction changes it. Finally, they apply what they have learned to a folktale of their choice.

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Overview

In this experience, students read a folktale and analyze its characters and their effects on the plot. Then, they read a different version of the same folktale and explain how lack of character interaction changes it. Finally, they apply what they have learned to a folktale of their choice.

Objectives

  • Analyze how characters interact.
  • Explain the impact of character relationships on the plot.

Duration

One or two class periods.

Vocabulary Words in the Story

  • conquered: defeated in war and took over
  • clambered: climbed clumsily
  • game: animals that are hunted


Throughout the day you interact with your friends and family. The characters in a story also interact with each other, just as people do in real life. In this experience, you’ll learn how those interactions between characters affect a story.

Objectives

  • Analyze how characters interact.
  • Explain the impact of character relationships on the plot.


eight green zombie cartoon characters

Who is your favorite superhero? And who is a villain that this superhero fights?


Write a brief description of the hero, the villain, and what they quarrel about.

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You just identified two characters who have a conflict—a problem or struggle—and who interact about it. Interact means “do things together.” (Yes, fighting is a kind of interacting!) Conflict and character interaction are what stories are all about, and in this experience you will see how they work.


Invite students to give examples of conflicts and interactions in stories you have read recently in class—or in their own lives. 


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