Protagonist

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Our Protagonist Lesson Plan equips students to define a protagonist and identify examples from a story, movie, or TV show. The students will be able to write a short story which includes an protagonist, and understand that some characters evolve into protagonists over time with the help of antagonists.  Generalize understanding as students identify the protagonist from their favorite story, movie or TV show.

Protagonist Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about understanding Protagonists in stories
  • Identify the Protagonist, Why, and Antagonist of the story practice worksheet
  • Protagonist Short Story Homework Assignment
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Our Protagonist Lesson Plan equips students to define a protagonist and identify examples from a story, movie, or TV show. The students will be able to write a short story which includes an protagonist, and understand that some characters evolve into protagonists over time with the help of antagonists.  Generalize understanding as students identify the protagonist from their favorite story, movie or TV show.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:

  1. Read two or three very short stories to the class. Display the name of the main character from each story.
  2. Ask: What do each of the characters have in common.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the discussion to the characters are the main characters of the story.
  4. Ask students to give you some details about what may have happened to the characters in the story.
  5. Allow for responses and discussion. Emphasize each of the main characters were either challenged, prevented from doing something, or otherwise a change was made in their lives.
  6. Distribute the Protagonist content page. Read and review the information with the students. Use additional examples to increase students’ understanding.
  7. Stress the protagonist is not always a “good guy”, and sometimes he or she can be a “bad guy” and change to a “good guy”. Also, the protagonist may be a flawed character who discovers help or assistance from antagonists.
  8. Allow students to share their responses to the final question on the content page: Can you name the protagonist in a favorite book, movie, or TV show?
  9. Distribute the Activity page. Pair the students.
  10. Review the instructions.

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Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 – 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Reading