Patrick Henry High English 9 Class Show Their Character

Students sit in a group around a poster.Mrs. Duncan’s English 9 Honors class recently performed “post-mortems” on characters from their summer reading, Robert Lipsyte’s The Contender.  Students were assigned groups, and each group was assigned a specific character to analyze. 

Group members were asked to provide evidence from the text in the form of quotations to illustrate the character’s personality based on the body parts.  For example, the head represented the character’s intellectual side, his/her torso represented the character’s instinctive side, and the feet represented the literal and figurative mobility of the character.  Based on the evidence, students then made a diagnosis by providing two adjectives to characterize each character.  Findings were shared with the class.  The activity was expanded with a writing activity in which students wrote a character analysis.