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Introduction to Characterization (S.T.E.A.L)

Intro Direct and Indirect Characterization and to STEAL method for analyzing indirect characterization.
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Tricia Cain

on 10 December 2013

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Transcript of Introduction to Characterization (S.T.E.A.L)

Characterization
Students will be able to explain whether an author uses direct or indirect characterization and identify five methods of characterization.
Objective
The process by which a writer reveals the personality of a character. Good characterization creates a clear picture in the reader's mind.
Characterization. What is it?
There are five ways an author can communicate information about a character using indirect characterization:
1.)
Speech

(what does the character say? How does he/she speak?)
2.)
Thoughts
(What is revealed through his/her inner thoughts?)
3.)
Effect on other characters
(How do other characters act in
response to this character?)
4.)
Actions
(How does he/she behave? What does he/she do?)
5.)
Looks
(what does he/she look like? facial expressions? posture? how is he/she dressed?)



Remember to
S.T.E.A.L.
How do the filmmakers use indirect characterization to reveal the personalities of these characters?
Remember: S.T.E.A.L.
On a piece of paper make up a name of a character and write down a few physical characteristics and a few personality traits.
Write a brief scene in which you reveal some aspect of your character's personality using indirect characterization. Remember, you can use your character's speech, thoughts, effect on others, actions, and looks to reveal your character's personality.
Then, we will share and analyze each person's character sketch.
Your Turn!
Discuss the answer with your partner and write the answer on your whiteboard:
Is it direct or indirect characterization?
1.) Hermione was a know-it-all who always told Ron and Harry the correct way to use their wands.

2.) "Stop! You're going to take someone's eye out," exclaimed Hermione. "It's LeviOsa not LeviosA."
Is it Direct or Indirect Characterization?
1.) Snape stared at Harry. His dark expression matched his black clothes, black hair, and black eyes.
2.) Of all the teachers at Hogwarts, Professor Snape was the meanest.
LEARNING GOAL
Students will be able to determine an author's methods of characterization in the short stories and novels they read.
Have you ever gotten to know a character so well that you were a little sad when the story was over?
Characterization
Think about these characters. What words would you use to describe each of them?
Two ways of conveying information about a character:
Direct Characterization
and
Indirect Characterization
Direct Characterization
-
the author tells the reader what the personality of the character is.
Example: Dextor is extremely intelligent.

When the author uses direct characterization, you (the reader) don't have to do any detective work to figure out the character.
Indirect Characterization
Indirect Characterization
-
the author shows things that reveal the personality of the character.
Example: Dextor barely has to spend any time studying, but he always gets the highest grade in the class.
Which methods of indirect characterization appear in this passage?
I’m tired of being ignored, Maura thought. When I walk into a room, it’s like no one sees me. No more—I’m going to get noticed at the dance.
When the big night came, though, nothing went right. Maura’s dress didn’t fit correctly, and her shawl had a hole in it. Worst of all, as she walked into the gym, the heel broke on her right shoe, sending her sprawling across the floor.
Check Yourself!

I’m tired of being ignored, Maura thought
.
When I walk into a room, it’s like no one sees me. No more—I’m going to get noticed at the dance.

When the big night came, though, nothing went right.

Maura’s dress didn’t fit correctly, and her shawl had a hole in it.

Worst of all, as
she walked into the gym
,
the heel broke on her right shoe, sending her
sprawling across the floor
.
Thoughts = green
,
Appearance = red
Actions = brown
Types of Indirect Characterization
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