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1 Character Inference The Most Dangerous Game (part 1)

2 Agenda and Outcome Turn in Homework Bell Ringer Skill Focus: Character Inference & Character Motivation Skill Practice Activity (all together) Read “MDG” p.16-26 Exit Slip: Character Analysis Homework: Character Inference passage Outcome: You will make inferences on character based upon evidence and close reading from the text.

3 Who is the speaker/narrator in the story? What happened to the brother’s wife? What happened to the brother?

4 Who is the guilty party?Is there anyone else who is guilty? What is a clue? What happened to the brother?

5 Who is the protagonist?Who is the antagonist?What is the tensest point in the story?

6 Bell Ringer Make at least 3 assumptions (inferences) about this person’s likes/dislikes/personality/attitude/etc., based on what you see in the photo. Make sure to pay attention to her clothing, body language, facial expression, and surroundings. Then explain what evidence caused you to make these inferences.

7 Character Inference Definition: a conclusion that is formed by using facts and evidence Example: Betty walks by the new girl, knocks her books out of her hand, and then walks away laughing. Based on the facts, we can infer that Betty is (nerdy? Mean? Caring?) How do you know?

8 Character Motivation Definition: the reason why the characters act the way they do Example: Jack might act mean to Jane on the playground at school, but his motivation (or reason) for asking this way is because he secretly likes her.

9 Read the following passage from the story. "It will be light enough in Rio," promised Whitney. "We should make it in a few days. I hope the jaguar guns have come from Purdey's. We should have some good hunting up the Amazon. Great sport, hunting.” "The best sport in the world," agreed Rainsford.” “For the hunter," amended Whitney. "Not for the jaguar.” "Don't talk rot, Whitney," said Rainsford. "You're a big-game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how a jaguar feels?” "Perhaps the jaguar does," observed Whitney. "Bah! They've no understanding.” "Even so, I rather think they understand one thing--fear. The fear of pain and the fear of death.” "Nonsense," laughed Rainsford. "This hot weather is making you soft, Whitney. Be a realist. The world is made up of two classes--the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are hunters. Do you think we've passed that island yet?"

10 On your chart: Choose one quote from the story that gives us an idea of what RAINSFORD is like as a character and write it under “Quotation.” In 1-2 sentences, explain what is happening in the scene under “Context.” Finally, make a character inference for Rainsford—what kind of person do you think he is and WHY?

11 Read “MDG” pg.16-26 (first column) As you read, record anything you may notice about a character in their descriptions throughout the story. Record your observations under “Notes and Observations.” YOU MUST HAVE AT LEAST 3 OBSERVATIONS AS WE READ— they can be questions, interesting quotes, possible inferences, etc.

12 Exit Slip Use the passage from the story on the back of your handout to fill out the Character Analysis Chart on Zaroff and make an inference about him. Use the facts and evidence in the passage, as well as notes/observations you may have taken on him throughout the reading. Finally, think about all that we’ve read so far and make a prediction about what will happen next in the story. Explain why you think this.

13 Homework (Pre-AP only) Fill out the Character Analysis chart for the given passage from “Mossflower.” DUE NEXT CLASS!!!


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