Lesson Plan : Characterizing the Characters

Teacher Name:
 Ms. Rushford
Grade:
 Grade 9-10
Subject:
 Language Arts

Topic:
 The Types of Characters & How to Characterize them
Content:
 Major Character, Minor Character, Foil Character, Round Character, Flat Character, Characterization
Goals:
 The student will be able to define characterization and the five types of characters.
Objectives:
 The student will be able to define characterization by. The student will be able to define major character by. The students will be able to define minor character by. The student will be able to define foil character by. The student will be able to define round character by. The students will be able to define flat character by.
Materials:
 Hand-outs: 1) In class- Matching sheet. There will be a list of terms on the right that the student will have to match with a list of definitions on the left hand side. 2)
Introduction:
 The class will begin with introducing characterization and the five types of characters. The class will talk about books they have previously read in other English classes and think about the characters and what type of character they are.
Development:
 1) Give notes on the board with definitions of the six terms. 2) Pass out hand-out #1 (matching hand-out).
Practice:
 The students will be broken into groups and assigned a character from Lord of the Flies. (A book we are presently reading in class). They will characterize their character, write a paragraph supporting their ideas, and share with the class.
Checking For Understanding:
 1) Ask if there are any questions 2) Walk around the classroom during group work to see if any groups have questions 3) Comment on what the students found when they present their character 4) Before class is over, once again go over the definitions with the students.
Closure:
 The students will be redirected to the goals on the board, as well as the six definitions. This will be the students final chance to ask any questions they might have.
Evaluation:
 The students will understand the lesson if they can successfully characterize the characters in the group assignment. The following day the student will pass in his/her homework, which also demonstrates their understanding. At the end if the students are asking a lot of questions, it will be clear that the lesson was not successful.

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