Lesson overview

Story - Narrative
Middle years and up
character emotion
depicting emotion
representing emotion
complex emotion
emotional labels
emotional adjectives
emotional verbs
describing emotion
physical feelings
environmental description
reflecting emotion
emotional dialogue
low affect
mixed emotion
narrative distance
emotional reactions
physical sensations
mixed feelings
implying emotion
point of view
flat affect
lack of emotion
dialogue about emotion
dialogue as emotional behaviour
In this lesson, we expand our suite of tools for representing character emotion, including emotional labels and verbs, describing physical feelings, thoughts and behaviour, reflecting emotion through description of the world, and using emotional dialogue. We also study low affect, mixed emotions, and narrative distance. Students rewrite snippets from texts such as The Graveyard Book, Pet, Written in the Stars, Little Women, and Tom Sawyer, and end with an open-ended checkpoint piece in which one character tries to figure out what another character is thinking and feeling.