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Activity Overview


“Seventh Grade” is a character-driven story. The protagonist Victor, his classmates, and his teachers are developed through both direct and indirect characterization. To help students master direct and/or indirect characterization, have them create a storyboard identifying examples of each in the story. Students can look for indirect characterization based on character actions, their comments, or others’ comments about them. Students looking for direct characterization will search for specific lines in which the narrator explicitly states particular character qualities. For each character trait, have students depict an appropriate scene, annotated below with the student’s observations or a direct quotation from the text.


“Seventh Grade” Direct and Indirect Characterization


DIRECT CHARACTERIZATION


Mr. Beuller is kind

"And Mr. Bueller is a good guy."


Victor is insecure and nervous around Teresa

"Great rosebushes of red bloomed on Victor’s cheeks. A river of nervous sweat ran down his palms. He felt awful."


INDIRECT CHARACTERIZATION


Mr. Beuller is kind

"Mr. Bueller shuffled through the papers on his desk, He smiled and hummed as he sat down to work. He remembered his college years when he dated a girlfriend in borrowed cars."


Victor is insecure and nervous around Teresa

She smiled and said, “Hi, Victor."

He smiled back and said, “Yeah, that's me.” His brown face blushed. Why hadn’t he said, “Hi, Teresa,” or "How was your summer?” or something nice.



Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1] Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/1] Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3] Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard illustrating indirect and direct characterization in "Seventh Grade".

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. In one column, identify examples of indirect characterization.
  3. In the other column, identify examples of direct characterization.
  4. Illustrate each example with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


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