Analyze your favorite character’s actions using graphic organizers. Choose a character from a comic, television, movie, or book. Choose a graphic organizer to analyze the patterns of their behavior. Here are possible ways to analyze using the graphic organizers:
compare and contrast their good & bad actions with a Venn Diagram
make a T-chart showing their behavior before and after the problem in the story is solved
use a bubble map/ spider web to brainstorm all of the character’s traits
What is your point of view about the character? What gives you the right to judge them? Have a discussion/ debate about why you like or dislike a familiar character based on their actions, traits, and motives for doing what they do, considering their situation and background.
Read a new story out loud. What is the effect of the character’s actions on the overall plot? Do their choices and motivations drastically change the story? Why or why not? What does that tell you about the character?
In addition to actions, we can tell things about a character based on their thoughts and dialogue as well. Not all stories portray the inner thoughts and feelings of characters, just as some stories do not include dialogue. Find a story that does both. What insight can you find through analyzing the actions, dialogue, and thoughts of the character?
Some example stories are:
Read a new story silently or out loud. Judge using criteria whether or not the character seems real to you. The criteria are: Do the actions of the characters make sense? Can you relate to the character? Does the character change or stay the same? Remember, even if the character isn’t a person, their personality can still seem real, like Shrek or Charlotte (from Charlotte’s Web), for example.