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Transcript of Tuesday 4.14.15
Read the two scenarios on the handout.
Choose a CHARACTER TRAIT to represent each of the scenarios.
If you're stuck, use the character traits list that was distributed earlier in the year. It would be in your NOTES.
What are character traits NOT?
Character traits are not...
isolated events or behaviors
feelings or emotions
Any others I missed?
How do we determine character traits?
In order to determine character traits, we can look at many things. Some places to start are:
repeated, consistent behaviors
interactions with others
others' reactions to the character
the characters thoughts and feelings (the feelings are not the trait, but can reveal the trait)
Consider the following quote from Tangerine. What trait about Mr. Fisher can we infer from this quote? How do we know?
"I thought to myself,
OK, here we are. How long did it take Dad to get to his favorite topic, the Erik Fisher Football Dream?
I'd heard it all before. Too many times. And I was about to hear it again. I tried to head him off by asking him something, anything, but he was too fast for me. "
Let's practice some more.
From "Thank You Ma'am" by Langston Hughes
She said, “What is your name?”
“Roger,” answered the boy.
“Then, Roger, you go to that sink and wash your face,” said the woman, whereupon she turned him loose—at last. Roger looked at the door—looked at the woman—looked at the door—and went to the sink.
Let the water run until it gets warm,” she said. “Here’s a clean towel.”
“You gonna take me to jail?” asked the boy, bending over the sink.
“Not with that face, I would not take you nowhere,” said the woman. “Here I am trying to get home to cook me a bite to eat and you snatch my pocketbook! Maybe, you ain’t been to your supper either, late as it be. Have you?”
What are character traits?
Character traits are all the aspects of a person's behavior and attitudes that make up that person's personality. Everyone has character traits, both good and bad. Even characters in books have character traits. Character traits are often shown with descriptive adjectives, like patient, unfaithful, or jealous.
Today we will:
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a
story or drama reveal aspects of a character.
We will also :
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an
analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as
inferences drawn from the text.
Why are these skills so important?
Both these skills- identifying character traits, and supporting claims with evidence- are advantageous not only as critical reading and viewing skills that help you understand what you read and watch and make meaning out of it, they are useful in being a human in general. When you learn to discern the traits of others and distinguish those from isolated incidents and temporary feelings, you learn how to get along with others better and avoid, or resolve, conflicts. Being able to support your ideas with compelling evidence makes you a more persuasive person who is generally more effective in getting what he or she wants.
Name a character trait for Mrs. Luella Bates Washington jones and provide textual evidence.
Based on this clip, what is a character trait to describe Anna? What's your evidence?
And what is a trait to describe Kristoff? What is your evidence?
Character Trait Guessing Game
Now, we'll do some practice on our own. After discussing the assignment, we will:
1. Move our desks into Group Work Formation.
2. Each person will receive a character trait... it's a secret- don't let anyone see it!
3. We will write a three-five sentence story about/description of a character that displays the assigned trait without using the trait or any synonym for it.
4. When all members of the group are finished, you will take turns sharing your descriptions. Each person will share, and the other members of the group will guess what the character trait is. Use your list of traits!
5. The group will offer feedback on the descriptions-- what was done well? what could be improved? Refer to our criteria for quality work which you have helped to determine.
6. The group will choose one person's description to share with the whole class. Choose the best description-- a challenge, but a good representation of the trait.
7. Each group will share the one selected description and the class will guess.
Applying our Learning to Diary of Anne Frank
Now, independently, we will apply what we have learned to our analysis of the play,
Diary of Anne Frank.
Here's how we will proceed:
1. Select a character from the play that you find particularly interesting.
2. Examine the traits we have listed for the character thus far and make an evaluation: Which of this character's traits causes the most conflict with others in the annex?
3. Find textual evidence showing that this character possesses this trait-- you will need FIVE direct quotes from at least three different scenes we have read so far.
4. Order your evidence from most to least supportive.
5. Share with your group and provide each other feedback on the trait selection and rationale (reasoning), textual evidence, and evidence ordering.
6. Be prepared to share! Names will be drawn.
Ok, how long did it take Dad to get his favorite topic, the Erik Fisher Football Dream?
Heard it all before, too many times
I tried to head him off, but he was too fast...