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Characterization

Characterization: 
Learners choose a fairy tale then choose a
character.  They look for examples of the character's speech that reveal important information about them.  They must record at least two direct quotes.  Beneath the quote they put what they think the character's words say about him/her.  The student also uses direct quotes for what the character's deeds, thoughts and feelings are.  They need to locate passages that talk about how the character looks, hair color, eye color, height, etc.  Next students make life-size sketches that they cut out.  They add clothes, facial features, etc.  They introduce the character and the class compares the life-size to the character described in the book.  They are graded using a rubric.  Some fairy tale choices are:  The Emperor's New Clothes, expanded version, Cinder Edna, The Princess Tales, Vol. 2, The Frog Princess, Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird, Pettie Roughe (Cajun Little Red Riding Hood),  Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude, and Falling for Rapunzel.  I have found that fairy tales are a great way to teach story elements to any grade level from elementary up through high school.  If you need to locate any of these books try Albris.com they carry out of print, used and new books and the price usually
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