When studying a specific character in a literary piece the sketch gives the student the freedom to be a detective and try to find out what the author is expressing through their characters.They can sketch the protagonist ( the favorable hero or heroine in the story,) or the antagonist ( the character which causes the conflict for the main character), or the supporting characters. A great way to give them practice for writing from a literary piece is to sketch someone they know in real-life.
My Globalization students are currently reading several different works of Global Fiction with the goal of immersing themselves in other cultures.
Below are some pictures of a recent character sketch assignment.
The main goal of the assignment is to be able to tell something about the person you are researching. In essence, you are introducing the reader to the person you are writing about.
Be sure to use strong visual words in your writing.
Sitton—Comp II Character Sketch Paper—100 points The purpose of a character sketch is to discuss the character's key traits in light of a major conflict, of a major theme, or of some other element in the story. Please use size 11 or 12 font in an academically appropriate, readable style such as Ariel, Times New Roman, or Calibri. When you turn in the final paper, you must submit it in an appropriate, professionallooking pocket folder with your name on the outside.
For example, you might want to discuss how The Big, Bad Wolf in the story of "The Three Little pigs" demonstrates that while persistence is an admirable quality, in the end ability counts more. What other characters say to or about the character 5. The typed and stapled final copy should be placed by itself in one pocket.The person may be either well-known in the community (a politician, a local media figure, the owner of a popular night spot) or relatively anonymous (a Red Cross volunteer, a server in a restaurant, a school teacher or college professor).The person should be someone of interest (or potential interest) not only to you but also to your readers.One way to prepare for this assignment is to read some engaging character sketches.You might want to look at recent issues of any magazine that regularly publishes interviews and profiles.A final paper turned in without all work leading to the final or without correct in-text citations or work cited entry will be returned ungraded.An electronic copy in Word format must be submitted to the day the paper is due.Assigning this kind of paper sharpens the skill of observation and note-taking as they focus on one specific character and the traits that make them ‘who they are’ in the book. Choosing someone they admire makes it both fun and encouraging.( Plus what a blessing it would be to share it with the person they are writing about.) When you are writing a Character Sketch, want to look for qualities of character and/or personality traits that you see in the person you want to write about.But be prepared to let your readers know what your subject looks like and sounds like.The essay should be built on direct quotations from your subject as well as factual observations and other informative details.