Silhouette Characterization – A Teaching Strategy

Silhouette Characterization

 

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. 

Instructions

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  1. Option 1 – Print the silhouettes found on page 8 on heavyweight paper. Cut out the patterns. Students trace the character onto a piece of ordinary paper.
  2. Option 2 – Show students the ‘Bean Character Clipart.’ found on pages 9 and 10. Students then draw their own silhouette people in a similar fashion.
  3. Option 3 – Print the sample organizers found on pages 3-7.

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. Activity #1 – Students draw a silhouette figure in the center of their page. Out from the silhouette, students draw rays. In each shape formed by the rays, students write facts about the character.

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students.

Activity #2 – Students choose one character from the book or story they are reading. They draw the character as a silhouette covering the entire piece of paper. On the body of the character, students describe the character. On the arms and legs, students list four actions.

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. Activity #3 – Students copy the boy or the girl silhouette in the center of the page. Students then write a paragraph describing the character’s physical features. This includes coloring – hair, eyes, etc.; size – tall, short,  thin, muscular, etc.; and distinguishing features – mustache, curly hair, etc. on the left side of the figure. On the opposite side of the character, students describe inner character traits. This could be in the form of a paragraph or a list of adjectives such as absent-minded, disrespectful, humorous, immature, etc. 

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. Activity #4 – Students create two overlapping character shapes to form a Venn Diagram. Students then compare and contrast the two characters by telling how they are different and alike.

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. Activity #5 – Students draw a simple house structure. The house needs six windows. In each window, students answer Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? to explain how a specific character handled one situation in the story.

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students.

Gay Miller

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