Have you ever noticed that some stories have awfully similar problems? What if we looked for the most unusual way of solving a repeating problem?
What is the Brick Pig's philosophy? How would he apply it to the characters in Harry Potter?
What would Socrates have thought if he watched Frozen?
What if one character dressed up as another for Halloween? Would the Cat in the Hat pick Captain Jack Sparrow, because they're both chaotic yet good-natured people? Would Elsa dress up as The Ice King since they are both lonely?
Aristotle noted that positive traits and negative traits are often the same thing, but just in different amounts. The right amount is a virtue, but too much or too little and it's a vice.
Want students to understand how a paragraph fits together? Explode one and make them reassemble it using the clues in each sentence! I even wrote a little app to bust a paragraph up for you.
Students will determine which of the characters is not like the others.
Imagine being a character in a story. Are you worried that your story's narrator may inaccurately describe you? What if they reveal something you wanted to be kept secret? Do narrators have too much power!?
What if... Edgar Allen Poe wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland?
We tell students to "show, not tell" in their writing, but this advice isn't effective until they experience the difference. In this video, we'll put a famous character (of students' choosing) into a mundane situation and develop a fun scene to show off their main traits.
Your students will use Depth and Complexity to note how a character's main trait changes across a story.
Create a pixelated icon that represents the essence of a character!
How do characters from novels line up with Gardner's Multiple Intelligences?
Put a grumpy character next to a joyful one and they make each other stand out even more. Opposites are powerful!
Can someone do the right thing, but for the wrong reason?
Are students' characters a bit flat? Archetypes give them a strong foundation on which to build their own characters as well as a tool to analyze existing stories.