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Activity Overview




As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a novel, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

Clicking "Use This Assignment" will copy both the example above as well as a blank template for you to customize as desired. You may want students to start from scratch, or provide them with the questions and characters! Printing it as worksheets, for your students to complete while reading, is a fast and easy way to incorporate this character map into your classroom.

For this character map, try using “OSCAR” so students can analyze multiple aspects of a character through direct and indirect characterization.


Lord of the Flies Characters

Ralph

The main protagonist and one of the oldest boys. He naturally tries to bring order to the island. He symbolizes society and the need for civilization.

Jack

The leader of the hunter group who symbolizes chaos.

Piggy

Ralph's sidekick who represents science and logic. He wants to help maintain order. However, the other boys tease him and don't respect him. He is killed when Roger rolls a boulder on him.

Simon

He represents morality and doesn't fall victim to the evil inside us all. He has a conversation with the 'lord of the flies' and dies soon after.

Roger

A cruel sociopath who is Jack's second-in-command. He rolls the boulder onto Piggy, killing him.


Direct and Indirect Characterization Example for Piggy

DEFINITION EXAMPLE
O
Other Character's Comments

What do other characters say about the character?
  • "You're talking too much. Shut up Fatty." - Jack
  • "Sucks to your assmar!" - Ralph
  • S
    Speech

    What does the character say about others or themselves? How can we infer meaning and traits from what a character says?
    "...on account of my asthma"
    C
    Physical Characteristics

    What does the character look like? What descriptive words are used to describe them?
    Heavy, wears glasses, is very intelligent and innovative.
    A
    Author's Attitude

    How does the author feel about this character?
    In the beginning of the novel, the author refers to him as the 'fat boy' with 'spectacles' - showing an attitude of partial respect and slight disdain.
    R
    Reader's Reaction

    How do you, as the reader, feel about the character?
    The way he is treated in the book is upsetting. He only wants what is best for everyone, even if he is annoying about it.

    Lesson Plan Reference

    Grade Level 6-8

    Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

    Type of Assignment Individual

    Type of Activity: OSCAR - Direct and Indirect Characterization

    Common Core Standards
    • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/5] Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1–3 up to and including grades 9–10)
    • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically
    • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/10] Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences


    Template and Class Instructions

    (These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



    Student Instructions

    Create a character map for the major characters.


    1. Identify the major characters in Lord of the Flies and type their names into the different title boxes.
    2. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the literary characters.
      • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
    3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
    4. Fill in the Textables for OSCAR: Other Character's Comments, Character's Speech, Physical Characteristics, Author's Attitude, and Reader's Reaction.
    5. Save and submit the assignment.


    Rubric

    (You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



    OSCAR
    Indirect and Direct Characterization
    Proficient
    33 Points
    Emerging
    25 Points
    Beginning
    17 Points
    Direct Characterization quotes
    Using the acronym OSCAR the student was able to find 3 or more quotes that exemplify direct characterization.

    The student also had them correctly labeled next to the corresponding letter.
    Using the acronym OSCAR the student was able to find 1 or 2 quotes that exemplify direct characterization.

    Some error may have occurred when labeling the quotes next to the corresponding letter.
    Using the acronym OSCAR the student was able to find find a few examples of direct characterization.

    Some error may have occurred when labeling the quotes next to the corresponding letter.
    Indirect Characterization quotes
    Using the acronym OSCAR the student was able to find 3 or more quotes that exemplify indirect characterization.

    The student also had them correctly labeled next to the corresponding letter.

    For extra credit the student explained the significance of their examples and inferred meaning.
    Using the acronym OSCAR the student was able to find 1 or 2 quotes that exemplify indirect characterization.

    Some error may have occurred when labeling the quotes next to the corresponding letter.
    Using the acronym OSCAR the student was able to find 1 or 2 quotes that exemplify direct characterization.

    Some error may have occurred when labeling the quotes next to the corresponding letter.
    Use of characters and imagery
    Student completed the storyboard using characters that match their full description.

    Careful thought and consideration was used in all details including physical appearance, clothing, height, weight, etc.
    Student completed the storyboard using characters that somewhat match the full description.

    Thought and consideration was used in details including physical appearance, clothing, height, weight, etc.
    Student completed the storyboard using characters that did not match the full description. Thought and consideration was not used in choosing details such as physical appearance, clothing, height, weight, etc.




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