During the course of a core lit novel study, many instances of character development and description are bound to occur. The novels Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis and Wonder by RJ Palacio are no exception. They are both filled with a plethora of character building paragraphs. So, while reading these novels, character traits, growth, and development is something that becomes somewhat of a focus.
They then drew a picture of the main character, based on the description in the text. Once that main picture was done, students used their highlighting and note taking to create 6 folded "doors". The "doors" used quotes from the text which helped to develop the character in some way (based on the categories that they had previously highlighted.)
On the inside of the folded doors, the students wrote the meaning of the quote, inferring the implied meaning for the character.
Here is the exact steps the students took to complete this task. You can see that they did several reads, going back into the text each time looking for evidence to support their inferences.
I really loved this when I saw it. Immediately, my brain started flying to all of the different applications that it could have to a myriad of different novels and short stories. I am definitely going to be doing this in my room! What is something you have done with characterization in your classroom?