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Eng. 10: Current Worksheet October 3, 2001

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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.

Group Work:

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.

Physical characteristics:
 (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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