Some of my most viewed posts are the ones I create for use in the classroom. Thank you, teachers! However reading response exercises are not only useful in teaching reading, but for helping fiction writers develop their stories. Today’s focus: Characterization.
Characterization Reading Response
What is the main character (or one of the supporting characters) in today’s reading grateful for?
This question helps to build students inferential reading skills, as it is not particularly likely their selection will have dealt with the topic of gratitude. Students will need to look for clues in the text that help them understand what the character likes, what the character longs for, what the character values, in order to infer what this character is grateful for.
Characterization Writing Prompt
What is the main character, or a supporting character in your story or novel grateful for?
Strong characters are created, not when we sit down and list their traits, values, and preferences, but when these things are demonstrated through your character’s actions, words, thoughts, and feelings–especially sensory feelings. This is the season for Thanksgiving, so leverage that holiday feeling by imagining what your main character or other characters are grateful for.
Can you share what you are reading? How about providing the author and title of the work, and one of the things a main character is grateful for.
Writing? Whose character did you develop today? What is he/she grateful for?
I love to hear from you. Happy reading and writing, and thanks for joining me here at Literate Lives!