Identifying and Applying Direct and Indirect Characterization in Reading
Use in Small Groups (Literature Circles) or for an Independent Activity for Novels or Short Stories. This can be done as whole group too!
This PDF resource reviews Direct & Indirect Characterization, providing examples of each and includes student/group guidelines for an application activity; it contains a characterization chart for use in whole group or small group literature circle discussions or reading groups, at literacy centers, or as individual reading assessments.
The chart can be printed or created by the student on chart paper, large manilla paper/posters to complete during reading, in class or for homework.
It has really helped my students understand types of characterization, especially when used in group literature circle meetings and discussion in small groups. Sharing small group finding with the whole class serves as a culminating activity exposing students to various examples found within text!
We begin with the review pages of characterization and, for a different approach to literature discussions, I have them create a characterization chart. They usually do this on large bulletin board paper I've cut for them. Other options mentioned above. They will be discussing the text in no time!! It's an awesome way to get them to work collaboratively on elements in a text AND discuss the aspects that teachers want them to discuss! Because they are identifying literary elements within novels they are currently reading, the concept sticks!