Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Character Sketch Directions

Ms. Hoffmann
An Introduction to this Unit

            Your project for this unit will require you to create your own adaptation of a literary figure.  You will be asked to focus your re-appropriation on a single character—though you may choose to include occasional allusions and/or direct references to others at your own discretion.  As you craft your adaptation, you will have to write from you character’s point of view.  At times, you writing probably will seem like the memoir unit writing that you completed earlier in the year.  A couple of the writing prompts may even be the same.  However, instead of writing in order to create a short narrative you will be asked to create a blog  in which you write various posts in the voice of this character. 

Character Sketch Directions

            As a first step towards this, you will need to choose a character whose identity you wish to assume through a blog.  For the purposes of this activity, this needs to be a fictional, literary figure.  This could be a character from a novel, novella, or lengthy short story.  Keep in mind that if the character is from a shorter work, it may be difficult to complete this task. 

Once you complete some initial research to figure out which character you would like to use, you will need to let me know which character you have chosen.  (If you have a lot of trouble, you may want to use a character from one of the novels that you have read for a previous English class).  Then, you can go ahead and start working on the following questions.  You should perform some online research about these characters in order to provide informed answers. 

This will count as one of the grades for the second marking period.  In order to receive full credit, you will need to do the following:

1.                            Answer each question as thoroughly as possible in the time allotted.  You should have enough writing to illustrate that you have been on task.  (i.e. not talking, texting, or randomly surfing the internet). 

2.                            Reference the sites that you used to find out information about your character.  There is a space for this at the end of the questions.   You can just copy over the URLs.  However, if you want to include quotes from these sites, you need to put them in quotation marks and include a link to the site right after the quote. 

3.                            Note that you will NOT receive full credit if your entire paper is made up of quotes or if you have copied text without attributing it to the site on which you found it.  It is expected that you will mostly perform research through your text and on a few various sites and then type up your synthesis of your findings for this activity. 

4.                            Spellcheck and proofread

Please copy and paste the following questions into your own word document.  Answer as many questions as thoroughly as possible. 


Character Sketch

1.  Character Name:

2.  Name of the literary work from which the character originates:

3.  Name of the author of this work:

4.  Genre of this work:

5. Original publication date of this work:

6.  The setting (both time and place) of this work:

7.  What does your character look like?  Write a rich, adjective-filled explanation.  Include textual references to the character’s appearance. (Do what you can to find examples using Google Books, Project Gutenberg, and other online libraries.  You will need to obtain some kind of a copy of the text for reference for the rest of this unit by Monday, November 21st.)

8.  What is your character like?  Is the character a hero, a villain, or neutral?  What is your character’s occupation?  What are your character’s habits?  What are your character’s passions?  What are your character’s dreams?  Write a vibrant description that accurately captures your character’s personality.  Describe him/her as you would to someone who has never read about him/her.

9.  What does your character do?  What/How does your character think?

10.  Describe your character’s relationships with other characters that are from the same text.  What do these others say about your character?

11.  Is your character’s childhood depicted in the piece that you chose?  Write about some significant events from his/her childhood.

12.  Write about other significant events that happen to your character.

13.  Write some important quotes that your character says.  If you character never speaks, include some important quotes about your character.

14.  Include the links from which you obtained your information. (You should have sites listed other than Wikipedia and those like SparkNotes.  Do some real research; you need to get inside of this character’s head):

If you are having trouble:

1. Refer to one of the following resources:
-A reference to the importance of character traits and examples of them:

-More character traits:

2.  A resource describing the basics of analyzing a literary character:

3.  Think in terms of something that you know and work from there.  For instance, assuming that this character has access to a Facebook page, think about the sort of things that they would post or include in their profile.  You could include these sorts of things in your answers to the questions above. 

4. Ask!

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