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Characterization with The Cat In The Hat

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Barbara Kwiatkowski Offenburg

on 10 February 2014

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Transcript of Characterization with The Cat In The Hat

The Cat In The Hat:
CHARACTERIZATION

Characterization is what a writer does to reveal the personality of a character. There are two types of characterization: DIRECT and INDIRECT.

DIRECT CHARACTERIZATION
TELLS the reader what the personality of a character is.

Example: The quiet boy sat and listened to his teacher.
Explanation: The author DIRECTLY states that the boy is QUIET.
INDIRECT CHARACTERIZATION
SHOWS things that reveal the personality of a character. There are 5 different ways to SHOW indirect characterization: (STEAL)
1. Speech
2. Thoughts
3. Effect on others
4. Actions
5. Looks
1.
S
peech:
What does the character say? How does the character speak?

2.
T
houghts:
What is revealed through the charcter's private thoughts and feelings?

3.
E
ffect on others:

What is revelaed through the character's effect on other people? How do others feel, behave, or react to the character?

4.
A
ctions
:
What does the character do? How does the character behave?

5.
L
ooks:

What does the character look like? How does the character dress?
Think of someone you know.
Share a sentence that SHOWS (indirectly characterizes) something about him/her.
How to use
STEAL

CHECK:
Think of someone you know. Share a sentence that TELLS (directly characterizes) something about him/her.
CHECK:
TRY IT!
We are going to listen to The Cat In The Hat. As you listen, follow along with the text provided to you. Mark anytime you notice DIRECT or INDIRECT characterization.
Assignment:
Find a partner. Use the notes you took from the reading to fill out the characterization chart. Be prepared to share some examples with the class.
Why is characterization something we need to know?
In-text Citations
When you use the words or ideas from a text, you MUST cite your sources, or credit the author with the words or ideas.
Here is what an in-text citation needs:
"Quotation Marks"
Author Name
Title of the Book
Page # of the Quote (in Parentheses)
EXAMPLE:
In
The Cat in the Hat
, when the fish says to the children, "He [the cat] should not be here when your mother is out," this shows that the fish respects authority and wants the children to stay out of trouble (Seuss, 11).
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