Eric Denton
Literature, Reading Foundation Skills
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan
Middle School
  • Characterization
  • Characters
  • Roll of Thunder
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    Characterization in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor


    This is a stand alone lesson plan focused on analyzing the characters in Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  It includes Powerpoint slides explaining direct and indirect characterization, static and dynamic characters, and flat and round characters.  The final slide directs students to a link to Sharon Layton's Characterization Assignment that provides a chart for students to use to analyze four characters from the novel.  

    Types of Characters

    Description: In this lesson, students will examine the various characters from Mildred Taylor's novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry to determine what types of characters they are, how they are revealed by the author, and how they contribute to advancing the plot of the novel.

    South Carolina ELA Standard 8: Analyze characters, settings, events, and ideas as they develop and interact within a particular context. 8.1 Analyze how dialogue and/or incidents propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision; determine the impact of contextual influences on setting, plot and characters.

    Objectives: Students will analyze how an author uses both direct and indirect characterization to reveal characters.

                       Students will identify static and dynamic characters and analyze how they impact the plot of a novel.

                       Students will identify round and flat characters and analyze how they impact the plot of a novel.