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Tuesday, May 22, 2012


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Italia Aranda

I think one of the things high school students fear the most are character analyses. It definitely happened to me in high school, because understanding a book can be quite tricky especially if the characters are complex. The 5 Fact of Fiction was an excellent way to start putting my thoughts down on paper and start getting into the habit of thinking in terms of character development. Before using this technique, I would get through the entire book feeling that sense of panic knowing I really didn't quite understand either the character, his/her journey, or how it affected the story (which really does not help at all when trying to write a character analysis). When I started using the 5 Facts of Fiction, it helped me to really sit down and think about what I was reading, to figure out what it was that the character wanted, how he/she would get to that point, or the challenges in the book the main character faced. Writing these ideas down, while everything you've read is still fresh in your mind makes a world of difference. The 5 Facts of Fiction not only helps with comprehension, but it also helps a student down the road by serving as an outline for future essays.


This strategy is one of my FAVS!!! AHHH!! Let's face it, a lot of teachers don't exactly know how to help students create a character analysis, so by the time we get them they are so confused and The 5 Facts of Fiction gives them something solid and safe to use. You can start with the basic strategy then move them to the more details organizer. When I taught more fiction, this was always my go to strategy! Students who mastered analyzing literature and characters using this strategy, ROCKED their state exams and by the time they took AP English Literature they had a solid foundation in analysis. Sadly, with the non-fiction push with the Common Core, I don't get to read as much fiction as I love to do. This strategy is GREAT!

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