Character Introductions

Character Introductions

In the Zone

Opening

Think about a time when you’ve been accomplishing a task with one or more people and you were "in the zone"—working well, getting things done. This can be as simple as washing dishes with your family or as complicated as planning the senior activities for the year or building the sets for the winter musical.

  • Describe what the different people did that made the work flow so smoothly.

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Then share and listen to classmates’ responses and discuss what seems to lead to positive collaborative experiences.

How Do You Really Know a Person?

Work Time

The groups you are working in now will be your character groups for the rest of this unit. As you work together, be mindful of what you just discussed about collaboration: your ability to work with each other will lead to a much more interesting and successful experience throughout this unit.

For your first character group task, brainstorm with your group members:

  • How do you really know a person? List the things you would look for if you were trying to judge a person’s character, both in person and in an online profile.

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Share your best responses.

Character Synopses

Work Time

Throughout this unit, your group will be reading the novel through the eyes of one of its characters. While you will be considering the characters, conflicts, and themes of the novel as a whole, you will regularly think and write about how your character would view various people and events. Ultimately, you will complete a longer writing assignment from the point of view of your character. Today’s goal is to get to know your character.

Carefully read through the description of your character. Take notes and discuss with your group as you read. Answer the following questions, using evidence from the text to support your responses.

  • What kind of person is your character?
  • What are his or her strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are the most important values he or she holds?
  • What are his or her family background, social status, and personal history?
  • What are the most important conflicts in his or her life?

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Character Profile

Work Time

Show what you now know about your character.

  • Together with your group members, create a profile for your character.

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Be sure to include such things as family, friends, likes and dislikes, and some introductory statements that the character might make about himself or herself. Your profile should be directly connected to the text you have read. Share your profile with your teacher and classmates.

Character Profiles

Work Time

Take a few minutes to read through the character profiles created by your classmates. Then discuss the following questions with your classmates.

  • What were the major things you learned about your character?
  • How did you decide what to include in your character profile?
  • Do you believe your character profile fairly represents your character? Why or why not?
  • Which characters stand out to you most?

Three Questions

Closing

Make a list.

  • What three questions do you have about your character—either about his or her past, or about how he or she will react to the culture clash you will read about in the novel?

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Personal Journal - Entry #3

Homework

Complete another personal journal entry.

  • How is your character similar to or different from you? How would you react if faced with the conflicts outlined in the profile?

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