Dynamic, static, round and flat characters
Common core standards
- Grade 2 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3
- Grade 3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3
- Grade 4 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions) CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3
- Grade 5 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact) CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3
- Grade 6 Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
- Grade 7 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot) CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3
- Character traits
- Protagonist, antagonist and stereo-typed characters
- Story grammar
- ReadWriteThink How and Why Characters change organizer has boxes for how the character was at the beginning, at the end, how they changed, and why they changed.
- KimsKorner4TeacherTalk Round and Flat has decent explanations of round and flat characters and spaces for students to write examples of each.
- KimsKorner4TeacherTalk Static and Dynamic has decent explanations of each and spaces for students to write examples.
- English Rocks Classifying Characters is a link to a five page document with one page of explanation and four pages of the same organizer repeated. The organizer has boxes for round, flat, static and dynamic characters.
- Kaleigh Klemm at Differentiation Central has a basic lesson plan on introducing change in characters to second grade students. The lesson is pretty dry, but the language and questions used to get the second graders thinking is good.
- Erika Griffin on ReadWriteThink has an excellent upper elementary lesson on character change. The teacher begins a read aloud of a story where the lead character changes significantly over the story. After the first part of the story, the students complete a character map on what the character is like. At the end of the story, the students complete a new map. They compare the two maps to determine how the students have changed. Finally, after determining how the character changed the class discusses as a whole why the character might have changed. Great lesson for helping students develop inference skills.
- Kelly Hayden has a decent lesson plan on creating a character poster. The lesson isn’t exciting, but the explanations of static, dynamic, round and flat characters is pretty good.
- NEA Study of Literary Characters is an overview of how a teacher helped her students truly understand character transformation. The story used in the overview is The Grinch, but they suggest others as well where the lead character starts with a major flaw and overcomes it during the story. After reading and discussing the story, the teacher has the students write their own story that follows the same model.
- Brittany Davis Characterization is a five page document that includes a chart of character types, a graphic organizer for students to use and a lesson plan. The students watch a clip from Aladdin and discuss the different types of characters. Some of the characters are dynamic and change, some are static, some are round, etc.
|StudyZone Grade 4 Characters Feeling has students read short passages and identify how the characters’ feelings change over the course of the story.|
|Quizlet Flashcards is a slide show game. Each slide has a question on the bottom of the slide and the answer to the previous slide's question on the top. It would be easy to set it up as a whole class game.|
|Characterization (hosted on YouTube) is a nine minute video without words. You see a hand drawing pictures and writing words like "dynamic" next to examples of dynamic characters. The video is WAY too long but words if you cut to the exact time that you want.
|Prezi Type of Characters is a cross between a slide show and a video. The slide show moves from definition to definition with videos on each slide to increase comprehension. The video clips are excellent, the explanations make sense, and it short to go through. Definitely a winner!|
|Dynamic, static, foils is a dry, 11 minute video on different type of characters. The examples are good though and if you turn off the narration, it works pretty well. Or you can skip the slides and only go to the video clips/examples.|
- ReadWriteThink Handout on Dynamic and Static Characters has a nice, brief explanation of the difference.
- Slide Share Types of Characters has a couple of decent, visual slides on the types of characters.
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