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NCTE: Exploring Character and Characterization

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students are introduced to the terms character, characterization, protagonist, and antagonist. The teacher will lead the students in analyzing the character and characterization of at least one well-known character from popular culture.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Decide on the character or characters you will use in the class analysis. Have any printed materials that may be needed for the students available for their use.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Comprehend the terms character and characterization.
  • Analyze a short story to identify character and characterization.
  • Develop their own detailed characters.
  • Write short character sketches.
  • Identify and evaluate the literary elements of character and characterization in professional models and peer writing.
  • After the Activity

    Review the terms and the process for deconstructing characters. If the students have completed a second character analysis sketch, ask for volunteers to read their sketches aloud. Critique these from the standpoint of clear understanding of the concepts and for accuracy.

    Inform the students that they will apply the same skills practiced in this activity in the following activity.