TOOLKIT: CHARACTER STORY
SUBJECT: LANGUAGE ARTS
ARTIST: BILL WOODROW / GREER LANKTON
GRADE: recommended 3rd-12th grade
Students understand the elements of a story.
Students create a story and narrative based on visual cues and inspiration.
1. What are your favorite stories? What do you like about them?
2. What makes a good story?
3. What are the important elements of a story?
1. Ship of Fools: Discovery of Time (1986) by Bill Woodrow
2. It’s all about ME, Not You (1996) by Greer Lankton
Imagine a room in a house. Draw or create a model of this room. Think carefully about how the different objects, colors and patterns in the room tell a story. Write about the person or family that lives in that room. Pay attention to detail to tell a more interesting story of the character(s) you have created.
PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
-write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events
-orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters.
-engage and orient the reader by establishing a context (problem, situation, or observation) and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters
-use dialogue and descriptions to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations; use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely
-use narrative techniques such as dialogue, description, reflection, and pacing to develop experiences, events, and/or characters; use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events
-choose words and phrases for effect
-choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely
-write with an awareness of style, using sentences of varying length; expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style
-writing with an understanding of stylistic aspects of writing including: precise language; varied structure and language chosen for style and audience; developing and maintaining a consistent, specific voice