Character Analysis for novel study - Character Detective (COMMON CORE)
Teaching character analysis can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. With this 2-in-1 lesson designed for elementary students, students become detectives to analyze characters from literature or create their own dynamic characters. Flexible enough to use with any novel, this is a lifelong tool for your classroom!

Students are given a set of clues to literally unpack information about a character. Students work together to hypothesize about character traits. What does s/he do? What are their interests? What are the relationships to the character? Is the character a parent, a child?

This remains one of my students' favorite activities. The possibilities are limited only by the imagination of you and your students.

Also available as a part of a 4 activity lesson for novel study and creative writing. SAVE 20% by purchasing in bundle.

This detailed lesson includes:
● 2 Complete lesson plans for analyzing characters at different stages of literature study
● A list of materials for a sample character clue box to pack
● Complete handouts for all student activities

Skills Developed in this lesson:
● Students learn to write about their reading, a key strand within Common Core.
● Students analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. (Common Core Anchor Strand 3)
● Students write narratives that orient the reader through characters or narrators (Common Core Anchor Strand Writing 3)

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Created: Aug 7, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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