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  1. Characterization Mini-Lesson

  2. Characterization The people and animals in a story are the characters. Authors give you clues about what the characters are like. Think about what the writer tells you about the characters in a story. It will help you understand the story better.

  3. Characterization Direct Indirect The character shows what he/she is like through: Speech Thoughts Effect on others Actions Looks The reader is told what the character is like

  4. Characterization Some words that authors use to directly describe characters are: He/She was… bossy helpful scared brave honest happy careful kind neat friendly proud mean hard-working shy nice funny wise angry

  5. Characterization Example: Ben helped his mother in the store. He put boxes on the shelf. He didn’t drop any boxes. Mr. Kirk left some money at the store. Ben followed him outside to give him the money. What words would you use to tell about Ben? honest hard-working helpful careful kind

  6. Characterization Some words that might indirectly describe characters are: Speech: …he said sarcastically. Thoughts: …she planned her revenge in her mind… Effect on others: …their jaws dropped when he entered… Actions: …she lovingly wiped the tears… Looks: …his suit and tie meant business…

  7. Characterization Example: Fido had a bone. A bigger dog wanted it. Fido was afraid. He stood over his bone and barked. The big dog ran away. Fido was glad he hadn’t lost his bone. What words would you use to tell about Fido? brave proud shy scared

  8. Characterization Example: Amy kept her library books together on a shelf. She put away all her toys carefully. Amy was very… upset neat mean

  9. Characterization Example: Joe’s friend Tom laughed a lot. He always had a smile on his face. Tom was a ___________ person. surprised naughty happy

  10. Characterization Example: Lisa’s little brother hid her skates under the bed. He hid her favorite book. He was being ________________. calm naughty nice

  11. Characterization Example: When Erin needed help, Mother always knew how to help. Erin’s mother was very ________________. wise funny angry

  12. Characterization Example: David read all the books about the forest that he could find. He also talked with the forest rangers to learn more. David was ____________________. gentle curious scared

  13. Homework • Design a one-page poster that tells: • What characterization means • What direct characterization means (with examples from “Number the Stars”) • What indirect characterization means (with examples from “Number the Stars”)