Character Interactions

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The lesson discusses the interactions of characters, their relationships, and the changes occurring throughout a story.  The lesson also reviews the different types of characters in stories such as protagonists, antagonists, etc.  Students need to understand how these interactions can drive the story, and without interactions, the story remains flat and usually uninteresting.  The lesson may be used with other lessons related to characters in a story.

Character Interactions Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Character Interactions
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on creating Character Interactions
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson explains to students why character interactions are important to a story. The three types of characters, protagonist, antagonist, and subordinate are reviewed at the beginning of the lesson. Static and dynamic characters are also mentioned. The lesson stresses that understanding character interactions is important for understanding the overall story. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other reading or writing lessons related to characters.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask students: How many people have you interacted with in the last 24 hours?
  2. Allow for responses. Ask students: How did the interactions influence your life, change decisions you were going to make or affect your feelings?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they believe interactions between characters in a story work the same way as interactions in their “life story”.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Character Interactions to the class.
  5. Distribute Character Interactions content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use current reading content as examples for character interactions.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students and assign current reading or other content.  Students will choose four characters, one of them the main character, and complete the chart showing interactions and their influence with each character.
  7. Once completed, students will share the response from the chart with the class or another pair of students. A discussion may also take place related to a character’s conflict with self.
  8. Distribute Practice page. (Read Red Riding Hood to the class if necessary.) Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. Explain the instructions related to the mini-story.  The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: What interaction between two characters in a story is most alike an interaction you may have had with another person in your life?  How did you feel or act?

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.3

No specific standard for Grade 4 or 6

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Reading