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Grade 7 Character Study
The way the author shares the personality of the character refers to:
  1. character analysis
  2. character map
  3. characterization
  4. character study
Grade 8 Character Study
What is it called when a reader has to infer what the character is like based on what he says, thinks, or does?
  1. direct characterization
  2. indirect characterization
  3. the author's message
  4. point of view
Grade 12 Character Study
Grade 6 Character Study CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RL.6.3
Grade 8 Character Study CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RL.8.3
Ivan's legs felt like rubber. The more he tried to stand straight, the more they wobbled. He felt like he was standing on a mountain of spaghetti. If he moved just an inch, the Sarge would yell at him. But his legs continued to shake and rattle like window panes in a tornado.

It was almost the end of another hard day at the cadet school. All of the other cadets were exhausted and wanted to sleep. After dinner, they were told to stand and had been standing in place for the last hour. Ivan wondered how long he'd have to keep standing.

He counted the days since he had joined the army, and it had only been seven. Ivan had enlisted because he wanted to show his mother he would be the best soldier in the entire Russian army.

He could feel the creaking of the barrack floors. It was like the world was pushing through beneath him, but he stood still. Suddenly, the Sergeant broke through the barrack's doors.

"Don't move!. Don't move!" was the only thing Ivan could think of while the Sarge stopped in front of him.

"WHERE ARE YOU FROM, CADET?!" he yelled at Ivan.

"SIR, Siberia, SIR!" he responded as he was taught to do. He could not afford to make any mistakes or show any weakness.

"WHAT'S IN SIBERIA, PRIVATE?!" the Sarge yelled, even louder this time.

Ivan knew that the purpose was only to frighten him, so he wouldn't be scared. Even so, the only words he could say were few.

"SIR, eh!?!. Snow, SIR!?!" He could feel his "comrades" laughing but also their fear from expressing it.

"IS THERE NOTHING MORE THAN SNOW IN SIBERIA?!"

"SIR, forests, SIR!?!" he said with a frightened voice. . .

"DO YOU LOVE TREES OR SOMETHING?!" the Sarge barked.

Just when Ivan felt a tear in his right eye, another kid saved him. Ivan's comrade just could not stand there without laughing and started to giggle.

The Sarge ran over to the other side of the long barrack and yelled, "YOU THOUGHT THAT WAS FUNNY?!" He stopped and inspected the cadets. "SINCE THIS PRIVATE LOVES COMEDY SO MUCH, I HAVE ANOTHER JOKE FOR ALL OF YOU...50 LAPS AROUND THE BARRACKS! NOW MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!"

Read this sentence from the above passage:
"But his legs continued to shake and rattle like window panes in a tornado."

What is the effect of the imagery the author uses in this description?
  1. It shows there is a storm coming.
  2. It shows that Ivan is out of shape.
  3. It shows that Ivan is well-prepared.
  4. It shows how terrified Ivan felt.
Grade 7 Character Study
Which choice describes a dynamic character?
  1. doesn't change
  2. changes physically
  3. changes personality
  4. plays a main role in the story
Grade 7 Character Study
In direct characterization
  1. the writer describes the character.
  2. the writer reveals the character through STEAL.
  3. the writer doesn't care how you learn about the character.
Grade 4 Character Study CCSS: CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.5
1 Once there were two little mice. One of the mice was a very hard worker. Every morning she would go outside and fill her basket with beans and nuts. She would store them in her pantry, and then head out to find food for the day. If it was raining, she gathered food. If the sun was blazing, she gathered food. If she was feeling sick, she still gathered food.

2 The cousin of the hard working little mouse was the exact opposite. She stayed out late partying and slept half the day. When she woke up, she played video games and talked on the phone with her friends. While she relaxed, she snacked on her beans and nuts. Soon she ran out of food and realized she would not have anything to last her through the winter.

3 The lazy mouse went to her hardworking cousin and asked if she could have some of her food to get her through the winter.

4 "Why don't you have any food," the hardworking mouse asked.

5 "I've been too busy partying and playing video games," the lazy mouse said.

6 "Well, I don't see why I should help you because of that," said the hardworking mouse. "You are going to have to face the consequences for your actions."

7 "Can't you just help me out a little," pleaded the lazy mouse.

8 "Here's a basket," said the hardworking mouse. "Winter is a few days away. Stop being lazy and gather some food for yourself."

9 While the lazy mouse was out gathering food, she came across a grasshopper singing in the field.

10 "Hey mouse," said the grasshopper. "Come and talk with me instead of wasting your time gathering food!"

11 "I only have a few days to collect food," said the lazy mouse. "You should be gathering some too."

12 "Oh please," said the grasshopper. "I have plenty of food right now. I'd rather have fun."

13 The lazy mouse said goodbye to the grasshopper and continued to gather her own food.

14 A few weeks later, the lazy mouse stepped out of her house to go visit some friends. On the way she came across the grasshopper looking weak and hungry.

15 "Bet you wish you had gathered some food now," said the lazy mouse. Then she went on her way, glad her cousin had helped her before she made the same mistake.

Which paragraph BEST shows the character of the lazy mouse?
  1. Paragraph 1
  2. Paragraph 2
  3. Paragraph 3
  4. Paragraph 4
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