STEAL Characters Warm Up: Analyze (break down) how an author creates a character in a novel.
Characterization • Characterization is the way a writer reveals a character. • To create a “round” character, authors must develop a character in several ways. • Five different ways a character is revealed. Together, they spell the acronym STEAL: • Speech • Thoughts and Emotions • Effects on Others • Actions • Looks
STEAL Characterization • Speech: What does the character say? How does the character speak? • Thoughts/Emotions: What is revealed through the character’s private thoughts? How does the character feel about things? • Effect on Others: How does the character cause others to react? • Actions: What does the character do? How does the character behave? • Looks: What does the character look like? How does the character dress?
SPEECH THOUGHTS/ EMOTIONS Character: EFFECTS ON OTHERS LOOKS ACTIONS
STEAL Activity • Read Sundiata again looking for examples of STEAL in anothercharacter: Sundiata, Sassouma, Balla Fasseke, Sogolon • Complete the graphic organizer using the parts of the text you identified as STEAL. • For the inside wheel, identify specific parts of the story that will support that part of STEAL. • For the outside wheel, explain how each part of the story reveals the character.
Character Brainstorm • On a sheet of paper in your WRITING tab, create another STEAL wheel. • Begin creating your own character with character, and write about him/her in each part of the STEAL wheel. • Keep in mind this will be the character you use for your Narrative Task!