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

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

Characterization
Students will be able to identify five methods of characterization.
Objective
The process by which a writer reveals the personality of a character.
Direct Characterization-
tells the reader what the personality of the character is.
Example: Sheldon is extremely intelligent.
Two ways of conveying information about a character:
Direct Characterization
and
Indirect Characterization
Characterization. What is it?
Indirect Characterization-
shows things that reveal the personality of the character.
Example:Sheldon barely has to spend any time studying, but he always gets the highest grade in the class.

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?)



Types of
Indirect Characterization.
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 scratch piece of paper make up a name of a character and write down a few physical characteristics and a few personality traits.
Trade your slip of paper with a classmate!
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.
Your Turn!
Think of a few words you would use to describe yourself (smart, athletic, patient, caring, adventurous, introspective, quiet, outgoing, impatient, clumsy, etc.)
Choose one of those words and write an example of you demonstrating that characteristic.
Your answer might look something like this: I am a neat freak.
Ex: Every day I pick up, dust, and vacuum my room.
In your writing section:
Your turn:
With your partner, choose a character from "Rikki-tikki-tavi" by Rudyard Kipling.
Use the graphic organizer to write down traits of that character and examples from the story of that character exemplifying that characteristic.
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.
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