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Short Stories: Character Development Review


Goals for the Week:

  1. Follow along with the daily readings of short stories.
  2. Complete your Choice Board project
  3. Continue to collaborate with teachers and classmates

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Watch video about character development (and take a quiz later)
  2. Complete a Nearpod lesson
  3. Identify dynamic characters in literature and film

Today’s Lesson!


  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Learning Target: 

I can analyze complex characters in short stories by completing a Nearpod lesson so that I can find examples of dynamic characters from movies and television.


Here’s a slightly silly duo explaining character development. Check out their video:

Work Session: 

Your assignment for this unit!

You will have one major assignment for this unit, and you get to choose it! Visit the choice board and select one project to complete about one story. In other words,

Today’s Story: No story! Today we are reviewing character development 🙂

Today we are doing another lesson through NearPod! The lesson should show up right below this text. If you need to sign in, use your school Office365 sign in – message your teacher if you don’t know your sign in info 🙂

Closing Session:

Take this 8-question quiz about Different Types of Characters. How did you do?

Examples of dynamic characters in literature:

  1. Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series
  2. Hamlet from Shakespeare’s titular play
  3. Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird
  4. Ponyboy from The Outsiders
  5. Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol

Can you think of other dynamic characters from literature? Write down as many as you can think of in thirty seconds. Share with a family member, a friend, or your teacher.

What about film? Here is an example of a dynamic character from a film. Can you think of any others? Share with someone you know!

Looking Ahead: NEXT UNIT!!!

This concludes our short stories unit! Remember, no new content on Friday. Please complete your Choice Board project and turn it in to your teacher by Friday, May 1, at 11:59pm 🙂

On Monday, we begin our FINAL UNIT of the semester: Greek Mythology!

World Lit: Things Fall Apart Essay, Day 1

Welcome back! Let’s write an essay!

Standard: ELAGSE9-10W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: I can write a literary analysis of Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: Crash Course Literature: Things Fall Apart, Part II:

Work Session: Today we are going to start working on our first writing assignment for this unit, a literary analysis! You have two choices for the prompt:

  1. Your assignment is to write an analytical essay about Things Fall Apart in which you examine a character Okonkwo’s response to the cultural collision caused by the introduction of Western ideas into Ibo culture. In your essay, analyze how the collision challenges Okonkwo’s sense of identity, and explain how his response shapes the meaning of the work as a whole.

So, in other words:

    • Choose a character
    • Write about how they reacted to the Europeans showing up and destroying their culture
    • Specifically focus on how the character’s sense of identity was affected
    • Relate the character’s reactions to the meaning of the work as a whole.


  1. Your assignment is to write an analytical essay about Things Fall Apart in which you examine how Chinua Achebe reveals a specific theme over the course of the work. In your essay, analyze how the author initially reveals the theme and explain how this theme is developed over the course of the book, and explain how this theme shapes the meaning of the work as a whole.

So, in other words:

  • Choose a theme.
  • Write about how Achebe shows that theme in Things Fall Apart.
  • Explain how that theme is developed or refined over the course of the novel.
  • Relate that theme to the meaning of the work as a whole.
  • ***As a reminder, a theme is a WHOLE SENTENCE. Do not say the theme is “tradition.” Instead, say a theme is “tradition will always conflict with progress.”

Today you’ll be prewriting. In your Springboard book on page 279 you will find a long list of prewriting questions. I would like for you (on your own paper) to address each thing on this prewriting checklist, and check it off as you complete each question/task.

Tomorrow we begin the essay!

Closing Session: Share out! Which character or theme are you writing about?

Assessment: Informal (prewriting check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

Aww, what a cute little baby Gregor!

Standard: RL.9-10.3. Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Learning Target: Students will continue their reading of The Metamorphosis and then work on writing a skit about a discovery of a monster.

Activator: Thriller!

So, today we’re continuing with reading The Metamorphosis.  We’re going to do this a little differently today than we have been throughout the unit – by listening to a recording! This is a Librivox Recording of the story. We’re going to listen to the first half of part 2 today. Now, I do want you guys to follow along in your textbook while we do this, but I would also like you to be jotting down some notes while we follow the story. Specifically, I want you to take notes on Gregor, who he is, what is he like, what are his likes and dislikes, and so on. After we finish reading and taking some notes, we’ll move on to another activity!

The Metamorphosis is a character-driven story, meaning that what keeps you reading is your attachment to the characters, your vested interest in seeing the characters develop, that sort of thing. The opposite of this would be a plot-driven story, where you’re reading more to see what’s going to happen next, and the characters might be more one-dimensional. Because Kafka chose to focus so much on the characters in his story, we’re going to make…dundunDUN! A “Baby Book” for Gregor!

Have you guys heard of this before? It’s a little book that talks about a person’s likes, dislikes, what they look like and how they act, and maybe has a little picture of them. I’m going to teach you how to fold a sheet of paper into a  little 8-page mini book, and now it’s your turn to fill them out for Gregor! The “Ghost Writer” is where you put your name, and you should write the book as though you are Gregor. In most cases, the pages can be filled with no more than a sentence or maybe two at the most. Don’t forget to draw a picture of yourself! I have an example I’ll pass around for everyone, too.


Ok, ready? GO!