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Copy of Teaser for Lit Circle project Congress

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Lora Ackerman

on 9 October 2013

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You could write your own original song about a character!
You could make a movie preview for your book with a focus on a specific character.
advance to :56 to begin.
Coming Soon!
A preview for
The Giver
(the movie).
Be creative!

Here's a song about a character's hopeless love for another character.
The Great Gatsby
is the book.
Use iMovie or Movie Maker.
Record it as audio or make a video like this one. Even auto-tune yourself if you want!
Make a Prezi (like this) on a character's traits and motivations.
An example with 2 characters from
The Hunger Games
You'll get the online links to these sites.
Easy and FREE!

Here's an example from
The Giver
Animate it!
Make an animation:
You type in the text and your animated characters speak your lines.

Use Voki or Xtranormal, for example.
Make a pop-up book online-- for free.
Or make a pop-up book with your own art supplies.
Or cast your dream cast for the movie you'd make.
You might want to write up and explanation of what makes this character tick to accompany the preview.
This would be best with info explaining WHY the cast has qualities that fit specific characters, too.
Or make a Power Point and show it to the class. Include images and powerful descriptions on multiple slides showing the way characters look, feel, act, and think.
Stage a debate between two characters. Explore values, disagreements. Let the debate show what is at the core of these characters.
Create a piece of visual art!
Talk it out!
Make an abstract character portrait. Include an artist's description that tells what you know about the character's feelings, goals, fears, wishes, etc.
Make a collage of images to create a complete understanding of a character.
Build something and include an explanation of why that relates to the inner-workings of a character.
Make something to PLAY!
Make the board game of the book.

Include features that explain characters in powerful ways!

Make actual board games or use electronic versions on PowerPoint.
Let your class really try the game!
Develop a project that answers a key question.

What would your character _______?
...have in his wallet?
...keep in his junk drawer?
...have in her purse?
...store in his locker?
...keep on her desk?
Make the playlist your character has on his ipod and explain WHY? What do those songs tell you about the character and what he is all about?
Or create a CD of songs to fit your character. Go beyond the audio and design a CD cover and liner notes that tell us all about this person, her wants, needs, dreams, and sorrows!
What would your character take a trip? Pack your character's bags and be ready to tell the class why each of the items in his/her bag is significant to the character.
Create a newspaper front page that discusses events from the book and gives us important insight into characters.
Scrapbook it!
Create scrapbook pages of the
events your character experienced in the book.

Or create a scrapbook of life before or after the book for your character.
The scrapbook gives us a look at the private world of the character and explains how she became who she is!
Worried about the future.
Trying to fit in.
Unsure of himself.
Ready to test her limits.
Keeping her family values.
Pretending to be shy.
Show the items in person or create a virtual "trunk" of the character's stuff. Be prepared to explain WHY an item means something to the character.
We get to know a character by seeing what the character values and keeps closeby.
Make a new book cover.
Create visual images and information to grab a reader's attention. Show your sense of a particular character's motivation or personality on the book jacket, too.
Pack a Bag!
Or a painting or sculpture.

As long as it increases our understanding of the depth of your character, you can express that anyway you wish!
Develop an advertisement related to the book with an emphasis on characters.
Find a character's diary.
The diary or journal entries can tell us a character's deepest thoughts.
Combine your art with a written description or a presentation of your ideas with this image projected on the screen.

Show what you know about your character through art!
In this project, you won't retell the story.

Many already know the story or want to read it themselves if not...
You won't talk a lot about plot.
We know that already...
In this project...
You will talk about the people in the book. You will show you KNOW the characters.
You will talk about WHO these characters are.
What they look like.
What they do.
But more important, how they feel, what they think, and what they believe. You will show what YOU know and explain what really matters in this book.
What drives them and scares them?
What makes them come alive?
You and a partner portray opposing characters from the book.
...that creatively expresses deep ideas about a character or characters from the novel.
It should be something you enjoy developing.
And sharing.
You mission is to show us what makes your character who he or she is.
What makes them tick?
What makes them feel?
What makes these people do the things they do?
You will look at themes in the book that made you think and explore how this book relates to YOU.
This project is a mission to show what you know about the motivation of a character after reading a story. It will also show how you understand important messages the author was intending.
And maybe why characters react the way they do, too.
What forces outside of themselves contributed to how they are?
What forces WITHIN themelves contributed to their actions?
Show the items. Explain and tell WHY that tells us key things about the character.
What's kept?
What's valued?
What does the organization or lack of organization say about the person?
What if the outside tells about the inside?

How does the way my character dresses tell us about what's going on inside?
Do a study on what you know your character wears from the author's words and what you IMAGINE your character would wear.

Then tell us what this MEANS.
Here's an example of a few items worn by a character in a novel.
This character is self confident and comfortable with who he is, in spite of what others say.

Does not try to be someone he is not.

Although he's relaxed in most situations, he thinks deeply. He's thinking when he may not appear to be.
Strong identity to his sister and true love for her.

Misses people close to him.

Believes in spirits.

Holds a few secrets in his heart.
Never motivated by money or things.
Values the past.
Does not want to grow up.
Finds ways to make the best of things and lives with what life gives him.
Looks for good in a bad situation.
Stays brave in the face of bad luck and sadness.
Even better- Play some examples for the class!
Do this project with images in print, images projected electronically.... OR dress as the character and explain the signficance of what is worn.
Song lyrics might relate to your character.

You could choose any of these things and offer an explanation of why they allow us to understand the character more.
Or find poetry written by others that speaks to you and seems to fit with your character.
You may find some great photographs that help you explain what you know to be true about your character. Use those!
Or maybe photos of paintings that speak to you and give you a way to demonstrate features of your character because of the way the art communicates. Use those!
You will explain what knowledge is gained about the character through experiencing other things.
You could write poetry that relates to your character.
And now, some examples and ideas.
Congress Reading
Literary Analysis~ Ideas and examples
A quick introduction from Charles.
One more thought.
You might not know your characters yet. And you might not know how you'll put your ideas together. But this will be your END destination. Not a test or a "correct" answer but something YOU dream up to demonstrate ALL YOU KNOW!
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