Narrative Basics Lesson 1: Characters

Narrative Basics Lesson 1: Characters
18 pages
Teach students to create rich character descriptions through, including their relationships, histories, feelings and behaviour.
Characters are an essential feature of narrative writing. This lesson looks at different dimensions on which we can describe characters and their experiences, from stating their name to passing an authorial judgment. At the end we bring everything together in a checkpoint piece that features a complex, extended description of a character. We use middle years-friendly texts—Awful Auntie by David Walliams and The Twits by Roald Dahl—however the lesson content will work for older students. This lesson covers a lot, so it will take most students 3-4 hours to complete, however it is made up of bite-sized chunks, so can be completed over an extended period.
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