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Character Quest!

Software: Jamboard
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With this lesson, learners will dive into the minds of characters, unravel their thoughts, decisions, and their impact on the narrative. Through character analysis, they will step into their shoes of the protagonists, explore their motivations, and even reshape their fate within the story. Get ready to embark on a quest of understanding, analysis, and creative exploration!


Lesson Overview 

Overview  Activity Objectives 
Opening Activity Learners will think of the character whose shoes they wish to step into and the reason behind the same and then discuss their responses. 
  • Understand the concept of character analysis by identifying a character whose perspective they wish to take. 
Main Activity Learners will use Jamboard to do a character analysis of any character from any story. The character analysis will include the traits of the character, the decisions of the character, their development and growth, and their significance to the theme of the story. 
  • Analyze the chosen characters’ attributes, decisions, and developmental arcs. 
  • Construct a character analysis that demonstrates the learners’ understanding and synthesis of the character’s role. 
Closing Activity Learners will think of alternate acts that their chosen character could engage in and its impact on the plot. 
  • Formulate alternative actions for their selected character and evaluate the potential consequences of these choices on the storyline. 


Prior Knowledge 

Learners should:

  • Be able to read and comprehend written text. 
  • Be familiar with a few stories and characters. 


Lesson Objectives 

  • Identify key characteristics of a character in a literary text. 
  • Analyze the motivations, actions, and relationships of a character in a literary text. 
  • Use evidence from the text to support their analysis of character traits.
  • Assess the effectiveness of a character’s actions and decisions, considering the impact on the plot.


Learning Outcomes 

At the end of the lesson, learners will be able to 

  • Recognize the foundational concept of character analysis through the identification of a character and justification for their perspective choice. 
  • Analyze and assess a character's traits, decisions, developmental trajectory, and thematic relevance within a story, employing the utilization of Jamboard.
  • Synthesize the gathered insights to construct a comprehensive character analysis that showcases a deep understanding of the character's role in the narrative.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to generate and evaluate alternative character actions, considering their potential consequences on the plot's progression. 



  • Teaching Deck 
  • A video guide to the features offered by Jamboard


Pre-Lesson Preparation

  • Like all lessons on Eddy, this lesson follows a specific approach. If this is your first time implementing an Eddy lesson, check out our 'How to set up an Eddy Classroom' for more information. 
  • Prepare for necessary technology/hardware in advance.
  • Devices (tablets/laptops/chromebooks/computers) for each learner. 
  • A stable wifi connection. 
  • Access to the jamboard  on each device. 




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Introduce your learners to the ground rules. You can check out the Eddy approach if this is your first time conducting an Eddy lesson. 

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To start the discussion, ask the learners the question mentioned in the deck. Allow them to share their responses. 

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Explain the importance of characters within stories. You can use the explanation mentioned in the deck. 

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Ask the learners if they have heard of this famous story. If not, narrate 'The Story of the Tortoise and the Hare' in brief. Further, ask them if it was possible to tell the story without the two characters. 

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Introduce the learners to the importance of character analysis. You can use the description mentioned in the deck. The idea is to help them understand the importance of character analysis within literature. 

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Now that the learners know what character analysis is, introduce them to the elements of character analysis: traits, actions, development, and significance to the theme. 




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Let the learners know that they will be engaging in an activity where they will be doing a character analysis from any story of their choice and they will be using Jamboard to do it. To guide your learners on how to use Jamboard, refer to this simple video tutorial

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Guide your learners on how to get started with Jamboard. Provide them the link to this pre-designed Jamboard they can refer to. 

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Introduce the learners to their roles in the team. If this is your first time conducting an Eddy lesson and want more clarity with regard to learner roles, refer to the Eddy Approach.




How can I modify this activity for my learners who require more support?
Provide a set of guiding questions for each section of the analysis. This can help struggling learners focus on specific aspects and provide a starting point for their analysis.
How can I modify this activity for my advanced learners?
Extend the task by asking advanced learners to compare the character they've analyzed with a character from another story who shares similar traits.




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Once the learners are done with constructing a character analysis, instruct them to ideate for alternative actions and decisions that the character would engage in and how that would change the story/plot. They can use a new frame in the same Jamboard to present it. 

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Allow the learners to reflect on the activity. You can use the prompts mentioned in the deck. 





Using the Elements of Character Analysis



The learner recognizes the elements of character analysis, but finds it difficult to use the elements to describe their chosen character. 


The learner recognizes the elements of character analysis and uses the elements to describe their chosen character. 


The learner recognizes the elements of character analysis, uses the elements to describe their chosen character, and uses additional elements, such as character relationships, character point of view.


Evaluating Alternate Character Actions



The learner is able to ideate alternative acts that the character could engage in, but finds it difficult to evaluate its impact on the plot. 


The learner is able to ideate alternative character actions, recognizing their potential impact on the plot and offering some insights into narrative consequences.



The learner is able to ideate alternative character actions and discern complex plot implications.  




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