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Lights, Camera, Action: Interviewing a Book Character

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Ten to eleven 45-minute periods
Lesson Author

Kristina McLaughlin

Kristina McLaughlin

East Palestine, Ohio


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Folders for each character
  • Novel of choice
  • Video camera (optional)
  • Computers with Internet access
  • Costumes or outfits (optional)
  • PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, or another word processing program
  • Student journal

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Story Map

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.


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Before reading, make sure that students are aware of the final project, which involves writing questions and answers for an interview-style television show and acting the part or "becoming" a character from the novel. Gather students into small groups and assign each group a different character from the novel. While reading, each group should focus on what makes their character unique from the other characters in the story. They should also note any events throughout the novel that create changes in their character or give insight into their character's personality. Each group of students will be responsible for keeping a folder on their character, including handwritten notes, computer printouts, and graphic organizers.

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