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ELA Exercises to Help Build (Fictional) Character

This collection is a great resource for the creative writing classroom, but can be used in a regular English classroom, as well. The focus is on building strong, compelling characters and strengthening students' fiction writing as a result.
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ELA Exercises to Help Build (Fictional) Character
  • Megan McClure says:
    In the event you do decide to bring NaNoWriMo, or some variation therein, into the classroom, this workbook is a quintessential resource to help get you and your students get to the November 30 finish line.
  • Megan McClure says:
    This free, printable worksheet can be used for analyzing characters and setting in a text or as a template when students are brainstorming their own stories.
  • Megan McClure says:
    This worksheet may seem a little intimidating for new writers with its dense list of every possible character trait imaginable but it is a fun and effective way to create fully formed fictional characters.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Intended for screenwriters, these seven character exercises can be applied to developing characters in your students' prose writing, as well.
  • Megan McClure says:
    "Building Believable Characters" is a lesson to help middle school students explore character development through classroom activities and examining Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
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    Using NaNoWriMo in the Classroom

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    Megan McClure says:
    What better way to delve into character than by writing a longer work of fiction? November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) when writers are encouraged to write a rough first draft (emphasis on rough) of a 50,000-word novel. That is no small feat - believe me, I've conquered it twice - however, NaNoWriMo can be a great goal-oriented activity to bring into the classroom and this article explains how.
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BloomBoard Asks:What creative writing exercises have you implemented in the classroom to teach character development?