I’ve always been proud of my strategy for teaching character types, which has been a viewer favorite here at All Access Pass.
I have now taking all this information and these ideas and created my very first Prezi! It’s been something I have been wanting to learn for over a year and after watching Tweedle Dee use it effortlessly for 7th grade Science I finally decided it’s time.
I felt a bit of frustration working on it on my MacBook but I did most of it at work, so it was pretty easy. I worked on this for almost 2 hours, learning the process as I went. I didn’t watch any tutorials or anything. I just experimented.
After a week of exhaustion and lack of focus, it felt good to learn something new and produce something I am proud of.
I present to you my first Prezi: Character Types
I used this in my after school study program a few weeks ago. I had the (un)fortunate honor of running the last study session the night before the last day of school when there was literally NO homework. Two hours, 23 7th graders, and no homework.
This activity was a lifesaver.
After viewing the Prezi, groups picked a DVD from my holiday gift bag, (made a few swaps), and headed to the lab to create their own Prezi presentations. For the group of boys who weren’t familiar with a single DVD I brought in, they did “A Christmas Carol” which they just finished reading in Language Arts.
We didn’t quite finish, but we will do it our first week back in 2013.
I am looking forward to creating more of these presentations. If you haven’t experimented with it, take some time on a snow day and check it out.
Have you made a Prezi? Do you have another program you use instead? Share your ideas with the comment link at the top of this post.
When we discuss the characters in our novels, we always distinguish between the round and flat characters and the static and dynamic characters.
To help my students learn these types of characters, I use media from their world.
I always start with a video clip to introduce Round vs. Flat Character.
After viewing this video, I give students the definition of Round and Flat characters.
I ask the students to decide which character is round and which is flat and we discuss how they fit the definition. It may be no coincidence that Dory is actually flat and Marlin is round.
We then turn to this video to introduce Dynamic and Static characters.
From this video they can determine that Shrek is the dynamic character and Lord Farquaad is the static character. (FYI: They will argue that Lord Farquaad changes when he is eaten by the dragon.)
Throughout the year, we will always make references to Dory, Marlin, Shrek, and Lord Farquaad when discussing character types. With each novel or short story, we will identify characters as such. For novels, they always complete a chart or keep a list in their journals. For short stories, it’s more of a discussion. It always amazes me how they can remember characters from stories early on in the year.
Other ideas for teaching character:
- Take in movies from your DVD collection and pass the boxes around. Students will work in groups to identify the protagonist and antagonist in each movie.
- If BYOT is an option, students could watch videos that have been linked to Edmodo and identify character types.
- Students chose 5 of their favorite movies and list the protagonist and antagonist for each.
- Students could write an extended response to the following question: How would the movie change if the antagonist was not part of the story?
- Create a labeled dice (using the keyword dice tool) on the SMART Board that lists the characters from a particular novel. On a second dice, list the types of characters. Students roll both dice and then determine if they have a match.