Planning and Teaching Strategies

How do you teach ‘Character’?

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    Profile photo of Selena Woodward Selena Woodward 

    In this topic I’d love to see how many different ways we can share to teach the concept of ‘character’ or “characterisation”.  It doesn’t matter what year level you’re working with or what text type, what are your favourite ways to teach students to learn about character?

    You can either press reply on one of the ideas below and share your thoughts. It would be great if you could share things like other ways you might use that idea or things you might add or change and why
    Or you can add to the list by hitting reply to this message instead.

    Let’s see how many different modes, methods and pedagogies we have to share on this one topic!

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    Profile photo of Selena Woodward Selena Woodward 

    I have many ideas to share. I’m an English teacher who can’t help herself! So i’m going to start :p

    I learnt one of my favourite character exploration tricks from a Geography teacher. It’s always worth observing someone in another subject area – you never know what you can ‘steal’ 😉
    Go to IKEA / KMART / MASTERS A and buy a long roll of paper. Get your students into groups of no more than four. Then ask them to walk across a large piece of paper and draw around their feet 6 times. Whilst they are reading a text (Usually a scene from a play or a chapter in a book) ask them to write key quotations inside the footprints. When they have filled all six up, give them a focus question like “How do the character’s feelings change?”, “What do you think they’re thinking when they say that?” or “What was the author trying to tell the reader here?”. They ask this one question to all of the quotations that they have chosen. They then have to write their thoughts on the outside of the feet.

    Walkthrough - Macbeth in this case When they’re done, ask them to present to the rest of the class by walking through the footprints. One student reads the quotation whilst the other reads the answer to their question.
    It’s fascinating to see a) which quotations they chose and b) what their answers are. Consider having more than one group working on the same part of the text so that they can discuss and accelerate their thinking by sharing responses. Definitely give time for the others in the room to listen and comment on what they are hearing.

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