Characterization "The Open Window"

TSWBAT describe the personality of a character
through various methods of characterization.
LA., LA.8.RL.8.3, LA.8.ELA.8.2.b
What Is Characterization?
Characterization is the way a writer reveals character.
Good characterization breathes life into characters
and makes readers want to know more about them.
Direct Characterization
In direct characterization the writer simply tells us what
the character is like.
Margot was
stylish and a bit of
a snob.
Margot was a
daring, gregarious
Margot was an
entertaining, but
not always kind,
Margot was
blunt to the
point of
Indirect Characterization
In indirect characterization, writers show a character in
action and let us decide for ourselves what kind of person
we are meeting.
Reading indirect characterization is like getting to know a
new friend.
There are many clues that add up to a total picture of the
person’s character.
Indirect Characterization
One method of indirect characterization is describing the
character’s appearance.
Tyler dyed his hair bright
red and wore it in long, stiff
ridges that stood straight
up from his head. He
always wore tough-looking
but odd clothes, and he
frowned at everyone.
Indirect Characterization
Another method of indirect characterization is showing
the character in action.
Whenever the teacher asked
a question, Robert was the
first to raise his hand. He
would wave it back and forth
until he was called on.
Indirect Characterization
A third method of indirect characterization is allowing
readers to “hear” the character speak.
When I asked Mr. Rivers to keep
his dog out of our yard, he
yelled, “No one tells me or my
dog what to do, especially not
you!” He jabbed his finger
toward me. “I pay my taxes, and
my dog will go wherever he
Indirect Characterization
A fourth method of indirect characterization is revealing
the character’s thoughts and feelings.
I can’t believe how frail
Grandma looks, Jamal
thought. She’s no bigger
than a child. I never
thought I would be tucking
her into bed.
Indirect Characterization
A final method of indirect characterization is showing
how others react to a character.
They’d been in the river all day,
and everyone was hungry, but
Tina kept yelling, “Ten more
miles! Ten more miles!” Ginny
closed her eyes, and everyone
else looked away. Finally Mike
said, “You’re on your own, Tina.”
“The Open Window” by Saki
page 110
 We
will focus on TWO types of
indirect characterization.
 Other characters’ responses
 Words spoken by the character
Numbered Heads Together Activity
(Answering Short Answer Questions: 2 pts. on LEAP)
Remember the following:
Turn The Question Around (TTQA)
 write your answer in a complete sentence
 use correct end punctuation and capitalization
 answer the question correctly.
 Remember the Numbered Heads Together process:
 T poses question.
 S writes answer (on his/her own).
 T instructs students to lean in to discuss answers.
 When all members are satisfied with only one answer, stop
discussion and lean back.
 T will stop the group discussions (if they are still occurring) and
select a group member to answer the question as well as explain
HOW he/she found the answer.
 If a member does not/cannot provide the correct answer OR
explanation, another group has a chance to answer and explain.
Guided Practice:
(page 110)
At the beginning of the story Mr. Nuttel is preparing
to move to a small town. He and his sister are
discussing the move.
What does Mr. Nuttel’s sister’s speech reveal about
his personality?
(possible answer)
Guided Practice:
Mr. Nuttel’s sister’s speech reveals that
he is shy and does not have an
outgoing personality. This is
demonstrated when the text states,
“You will bury yourself down there and
not speak to a living soul.”
Independent Practice: (page 114)
What does the following statement from Mr.
Nuttel reveal about his personality?
“The doctors agree in ordering me complete rest, an
absence of mental excitement, and avoidance of
anything in the nature of violent physical exercise,”
announced Framton….
Select a character from a story we have read. Describe
the personality of the character based on his/her
(possible answer)
Independent Practice:
Mr. Nuttel is a very nervous, excitable
man, who seems to have some type of
medical condition. This is evident
when he tells Mr. Sappleton that his
doctors have ordered him to rest and
avoid excitement and violence.
Exit Ticket Question:
How does the following comment made by Mrs.
Sappleton help describe Mr. Nuttel as a nervous,
anxious man?
A most extraordinary man, a Mr. Nuttel,” said Mrs.
Sappleton; “could only talk about his illnesses and
dashed off without a word of goodbye or apology
when you arrived.”
Using Billy Weaver from “The Landlady”
On Your Own (page 71), draw the chart and complete the
chart found on page 135.
Character Profile of ______Billy Weaver_____
Method of Characterization
Words spoken by character:
Other characters’ responses:
Writer’s direct comments:
Details in Story

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