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Engage Your Students with a Characterization Puzzle Piece Exercise

Engage Your Students with a Characterization Puzzle Piece ExerciseHi everyone! My name is Caitlin, and I’m the owner and writer behind the Teach Inspire Change brand, and I am also the co-founder of an academic summer camp and after-school company called EB Academic Camps. I’m excited to be sharing this fun characterization activity with you today.

You will need the following:
Ellison SuperStar Machine
Puzzle Piece Dies (A10665 and / or A10666)
Colored paper or cardstock (I used Astrobrights)

Engage Your Students with a Characterization Puzzle Piece Exercise

I started simply by cutting various puzzle pieces out of the different colors of AstroBrights paper. I chose to use all 5 of the colors, so I could put students into groups of 5 to work on this project.

Engage Your Students with a Characterization Puzzle Piece Exercise

Aren’t all of the different pieces pretty?

Engage Your Students with a Characterization Puzzle Piece Exercise

Once you’ve cut out as many puzzle pieces as there are students in your class, break your students up into small groups and give each student in each group a different color puzzle piece. Students are responsible for choosing one word that best characterizes a main character in the story you are reading. Students are then to find a piece of evidence (a quote) from the text in order to support their word choice. Students can then be broken up into a different group based on the color of their puzzle piece (i.e., all blue puzzle pieces get together and share your findings). You could also have each group present their findings in front of the class!

No matter what you do, the fact that students have colored puzzle pieces makes characterization more fun and engaging. :] And the finished puzzle pieces will make for a really neat evidence-based bulletin board!

Caitlin

Owner/Writer of Teach Inspire Change
Co-Founder of EB Academic Camps

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