How Complex Characters Develop – Playlist and Teaching Notes
In this playlist, students explore standard RL.9-10.3. They will analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. Students look at examples of authors’ development of complex characters and are guided through identifying complex characters using various strategies. Students also have the option to view instructional videos and complete practice quizzes or activities.

The playlist includes:
• 3 links to instructional videos or texts
• 1 assessment that includes two multiple choice questions and one fill-in-the-blank question
• Definitions of key terms, such as dynamic character and static character
• Examples of how complex characters work to develop plot

Accompanying Teaching Notes include:
• A review of key terminology
• A discussion guide to help your students explore the standard
• Links to additional practice quizzes or activities on certain parts of the standard, such as indirect character traits
• An answer guide with correct answers, answer choice rationales, and DOK levels

For more teaching and learning resources on standard RL.9-10.3, visit
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Created: Dec 9, 2016

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