PEARSON ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
English 10 Elements of Literature (Characterization)
A Real Character: Exercise in Description
This week students work in groups, sharing three descriptions of a
person's character (indirect characterization). After the group work,
each student will try writing a description of character using each of
the three methods.
Choose a person you know very well. Spend five to ten minutes writing
down an example for each of the three headings below. Then, share the
information, orally, with your group.
Do not use any general words, such as "untidy,"
"hardworking," or the like. Let your descriptions tell the
story. Your fellow students should have a clear idea of that person's
character from your indirect description.
Be sure to clarify any misunderstandings and help each other to
improve your descriptions.
(E.g.: He is a small man, with unkempt hair, whose trousers
were patched at the knees)
(E.g.: Whenever he disagrees with me, he stands, arms across his
chest, chin jutted out. Then, he waves his finger at me and says,
"You have no idea, no idea at all.")
(E.g.: One day he came to me, face dirtied and stained with tears,
his glasses missing. He had climbed up the side of the gravel pit, it
turned out, and gotten caught in a rock slide. Luckily, we found his
lost glasses later that day.)
Written Work (in class):
Write your examples in full, one for each category (Physical,
Behaviours, and Anecdotes)
Sharing and Evaluation:
Students will share their examples for the class to see and
evaluate on the screen.
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