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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--literary elements. The student recognizes and analyzes literary elements within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse literary texts.

Instruct students to work in small groups to create character maps that illustrate how the personal qualities of the characters impact main events and conflict resolution in the story. Each group should create a map for one character. Have each group show their character map. As a class, compare the character maps and discuss how all of the characters influence the plot.

Further Explanation

This assessment provides an opportunity for the teacher to observe student development of analyzing character qualities and the effect they have on events and conflict resolution. Students are expected to recognize and analyze the basic components such as setting, plot, characterization, point of view, theme, and tone present in a variety of literary works. Students should be able to differentiate among these components, evaluate their functions in a literary text, and determine how they interact with each other.

an element of plot when the opposition of persons or forces brings about dramatic tension central to the plot of a story that may be internal as a psychological conflict within a character (e.g., man versus himself) or external as a physical or outward conflict between the character and something/someone else (e.g., man versus man, man versus nature, or man versus society)
Authors develop characters by including detailed information about characters’ qualities (e.g., appearance, personality, relationships, etc.). In a story, a character’s qualities affect the plot because they often determine how the character will respond to situations and conflicts.