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20 October 2014
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Character lesson plan

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KS3 Bitesize


All students will understand how character is created through a combination of what they say, do and what others say about them. Most will be able to transfer their understanding to the process of writing. Some will be able to identify what is implicit in the examples they hear.

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National Curriculum

  • En1: 11b En2: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1h
  • En3: 1a, 1d


  • This lesson works best if students are at a computer

Teaching activities


Read out a list of feelings e.g. nervousness, fear etc, and ask students to write down what physical gestures a character feeling this might show.


  1. In pairs students construct a short dialogue (maximum 10 lines) in script form between a parent and child which takes place when the child returns home.
  2. Each pair teams up with another pair and reads the dialogue out. The listening pair decide what characteristics the two characters have, based solely on what they say. The authors write down these adjectives.
  3. Students read out examples of their work to the class.
  4. Students now insert a line by each character which reveals information about what the other one is doing/ how they are behaving.


Remind students what implicit and explicit mean. Hear finished versions and evaluate what is implicit in each conversation.


  • Students return to the original dialogue and try to rewrite the gestures and adverbs to create two very different characters.

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