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1 Character Traits A WebQuest for High School Resource Classes Deborah Butler August 14, 2007

2 Introduction In the development of a story, there is a need for characters. As the story unfolds, each character reveals certain qualities called character traits. A characters words, thoughts, and actions usually show these traits. There needs to be a variety of characters, so the reader can emphasize and understand the plot of the story. Characters may evolve as the plot develops.. Objective Students will meet the Kansas reading indicator 2.1.1., identify and describe different types of characters and analyze their development.character traits Protagonist Antagonist Round Flat Static Dynamic Task

3 Character Traits To use Dictionary.com scroll through the words and click generous egotistical elderly stout selfish honest persistent active ambitious arrogant bewildered candid conscientious considerate adventurous crafty domineering lackadaisical loquacious jovial languid facetious complacent conceited meticulous determined timid ornery Exit

4 Task Students will return to their English classes prepared to identify, describe, and analyze the various character traits found in their literature readings. Students will create a PowerPoint presentation. Process 1.Click here character traits.character traits 2.Click here types of characters.types of characters. 3.Click here flash cards1., flash cards 2.flash cards1.flash cards 2. 4.Click here quiz.quiz. 5.Click here PowerPoint presentation.PowerPoint presentation

5 Character Traits One can learn about character traits through what characters say about themselves in a literary or dramatic piece. Characters can be: vivid, funny, strong, weak, or villains. Villains are interesting characters because the readers wonder when the other characters will catch them and out smart them. Villains and other characters display many qualities: envious, generous, kind, or lazy. Sherlock Holmes is a character who is considered a superior detective. Shane is a character who is a hero. He is compassionate, fearless, powerful, and humorous. Lenny Small is a weak character because he is mentally challenged, slow, and clumsy. It is important to read carefully, so you can analyze what the author is saying about characters actions and thoughts Process

6 Types of Characters Protagonist: The main character, central, is the good one in a story or novel. The one who can adapt to new situations. Answer the question, Whose story is this? Usually a story has one, but a novel can have several protagonist characters. Antagonist: The antagonist character fights against the hero, the protagonist, of a story or novel. The antagonist can be destructive, bad or evil. The antagonist can be a character, an animal, an inanimate object, or nature. An example of this is the whale in Moby Dick. Round characters: They can recognize, change, develop, and adjust to situations. They are complex, have many sides, and touch lives at many points. They usually change in the story because they profit from experiences. Flat characters: They do not change, develop, or grow in the story. They are the opposite of round characters. They usually have one or two traits and can be summed up easily. Example, Gollum in Lord of the Rings is a flat character because he is obsessed with one thing, the recovery of the ring. Some stories can have all flat characters, for example, Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Dynamic characters: Characters that change and grow in a work of literature. They are round characters. Static characters: Characters that remain the same throughout the story or novel. They are flat characters. Process

7 Flash Cards ProtagonistAntagonistRound FlatStaticDynamic Process

8 Protagonist The main character, central, the good one in a story or novel. The one who can adapt to new situations. Answer the question, Whose story is this? Usually a story has one, but a novel can have several. Flash cards

9 Antagonist The character fighting against the hero, the protagonist, of a story or novel. They can be destructive, bad, or evil. They can be a character, an animal, an inanimate object, or nature. An example of this is the whale in Moby Dick. Flash cards

10 Round They can recognize, change, develop, and adjust to situations. They are complex, have many sides, and touch lives at many points. The characters usually change in the story because they profit from experiences. Flash cards

11 Flat They do not change, develop, or grow in the story. They are the opposite of round characters. They usually have one or two traits and can be summed up easily. Example, Gollum in Lord of the Rings is a flat character because he is obsessed with one thing, the recovery of the ring. Some stories can have all flat characters, for example, Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Flash cards

12 Dynamic Characters that change and grow in a work of literature. They are round characters. Flash cards

13 Static Characters that remain the same throughout the story or novel. They are flat characters. Flash cards

14 Quiz 1 A character that remains the same throughout the story. a. round characterround character b. static characterstatic character c. dynamic characterdynamic character

15 Click here and try again.try again

16 Correct!!! Quiz 2

17 Person or thing fighting against the hero of a story. a.protagonistprotagonist b.staticstatic c. antagonistantagonist

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19 Correct!!! Quiz 3

20 A character who changes or grows in a work of literature. a.dynamic characterdynamic character b.static characterstatic character c.flat characterflat character

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22 Correct!!! Quiz 4

23 These characters show many personality traits. They change, develop, and adjust to situations. a. static charactersstatic characters b. flat charactersflat characters c. round charactersround characters

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25 Correct!!! Quiz 5

26 The main character of a story or novel. a. round characterround character b. antagonistantagonist c. protagonistprotagonist

27 Correct!!! Quiz 6

28 Click here and try again.try again

29 Quiz 6 Characters constructed around a single idea or quality. a. round characterround character b. flat characterflat character c. protagonistprotagonist

30 Click here and try again.try again

31 Correct!!! Process

32 PowerPoint Presentation In your PowerPoint presentation include the following: 1.Introduction (title, author, and theme) 2.Plot and setting 3.Specify characters (protagonist, antagonist, round, flat, dynamic, and static). 4. Summary 5.PowerPoint, oral, presentation (rubric)(rubric) Conclusion

33 Beginning 1 Developing 2 Accomplished 3 Mastered 4 Score Introduction: title, author, and theme Unclear, missing 2 elements, and not complete sentences Complete sentences that does not apply to the story Complete sentences that apply to the story Complete sentences that apply to the story with evidence Plot and setting Unclear and missing an element Complete sentences with misspellings and/or missing information Complete sentences, thoughts, correct spelling, but has missing information Complete sentences, clear thoughts, and information Specify character types including the protagonist and antagonist Mentions characters, but not character types Mentions character types, but not the protagonist or antagonist Mentions the character types with less than 3 errors in grammar and spelling Summary includes all elements and no errors in spelling and grammar Summarizes the story (rising action, climax, and falling action) Summary is missing 1 or 2 elements Summary is missing 1 element and has errors in grammar and spelling Summary includes all elements and has less than 2 errors in grammar and spelling Summary includes all elements and no errors in grammar and spelling PowerPoint oral presentation and organization Late, needed assistance in presenting, and not prepared or organized On-time, prepared, but needed assistance in presenting On-time, clear, loud, but needed some assistance in presenting On-time, clear/loud voice, and organized with colorful graphics Conclusion

34 Students, you have meet the Kansas reading indicator 2.1.1., identifying and describing different types of characters, and you analyzed their development with your PowerPoint Presentation. Teacher Page

35 Web sites http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/content/2331 http://www.fvdes.com/welch/skills/characters.htm http://www.fvdes.com/welch/skills/furtherfictionnotes.htm http://www.quia.com/mc/30222.html http://www.geocities.com/educationplace/poe/gl.htm http://www.humboldt.edu/~tdd2/Character.htm Character Traits


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