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Thank You M'am Day One

Character Development through thoughts, actions and dialogue

Vincent Amendolare

on 14 November 2013

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Transcript of Thank You M'am Day One


Thank You M'am
By: Langston Hughes
Langston Huges
Best known for his poetry
A major part of the Harlem Renaissance: the great flowering of African American art, culture, and writing during the 1920s and 1930s.
SWBAT describe how the two main characters – Roger and Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones – are indirectly developed in “Thank You, M’am” through their descriptions, actions, and dialogue.
Key Points
Indirect Characterization
- The process by which the personality of a fictitious character is
throughout the story.
As readers, we look for character
We analyze and interpret the characters descriptions, dialogue and actions in order to
make inferences

gain a deeper understanding

of the
During Reading
Indirect Characterization
Indirect Characterization
Reading Guide
-Stopping Point-
2 minutes- Make an inference about Roger's personality
1 minute- Pair with your partner and discuss your answers
5-7 minutes- Share and discuss our answers as a class
Tried to steal purse

Doesn't know right from wrong
Frail and willow-wild. Dirty Face

Rough- Home Life
"There's nobody at my house"
Not much support or guidance
Large Woman

Tall, Big, Strong
Picked up and shook the boy
Strong, No-Nonsense Woman
"Um-hum! Your face is dirty. I got a great mind to wash your face for you."

Firm yet nurturing
Ms. Luella Bates Washington Jones
Power Up
When we meet new people we immediately make observations and start to understand their personalty.

When YOU meet someone, what do you notice about them? How do you decide what kind of person they are?

Exit Ticket
1. As readers, we look for these THREE things when analyzing a character's personality.
2. What is indirect characterization?
3. How are Roger and Ms. Luella Bates Washington Jones indirectly characterized in the story “Thank You M’am?” Use one example from the text for each character. Write at least 6 sentences.
Dynamic/ Round Character
: Character who undergoes a significant

throughout the story. ex: change in personality
Static/ Flat Character
: Character who does
NOT undergo a significant change
in the story, as in personality.
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