Stephanie Washington
Literature, Special Education, Reading Foundation Skills, Reading Literature
Material Type:
Assessment, Homework/Assignment, Interactive, Lesson
Middle School
  • Analysis
  • Character
  • analysis
  • character
  • steal
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    Education Standards

    S.T.E.A.L for Charater Analysis


    Using the acronym STEAL, students will practice analyzing a character. This lesson includes an explanation of the STEAL strategy, a video demonstration, and two options for student practice or assessment.


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    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

    Lesson Duration: 45 minutes

    Analyzing Characters


    Writers use a variety of strategies to bring characters to life. Skillfully, they weave the details of text that can transport the reader back in time or they can make a character seem like the neighbor next door. In order to fully understand a character, “STEAL” them. This analysis strategy requires the reader to consider these things:


    S-What the Character Says/Speech

    T-What are the Character’s Thoughts

    E-The Character’s Effect on Others

    A-Consider the Character’s Actions

    L-Consider the Character’s Looks



    Let’s “STEAL” a character together.


    STEAL Characterization example

    STEAL Characterization example      The Scholars' Academy   cc

    Now, it’s your turn to practice. 

    Select 1 Option from Below

    Option #1 - Use the following links to practice.

    Student Practice
    Characterization Practice 


    Option #2 - Following the steps in the video above, identify one character from the text that you are reading and “STEAL” that character. You will need 5 different colors to code the text as demonstrated in the video. When you complete the STEAL, please submit your paper to the teacher.