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Preparing a Character for a New Job: Character Analysis through Job Placement

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Preparing a Character for a New Job: Character Analysis through Job Placement

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Nancy Barile

Nancy Barile

Revere, Massachusetts


National Council of Teachers of English


Student Interactives






Drama Map

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Drama Map

Students analyzing a play can map out the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution for a variety purposes. This interactive is aimed at secondary students.


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  • Before this lesson, students will read a book independently, in literature circles, or as a whole class. Students should be familiar with the plot and the major themes of the literary work. The examples in this lesson focus on The Glass Menagerie; however, many other pieces of literature will also work for this classroom activity. Other dramas that would work well, for instance, include A Streetcar Named Desire, The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, and Our Town.

  • Ask students to bring copies of the books that will be the focus of their project to class for reference.

  • Make copies of the Assignment, Resume Writing Tips, Resume Checklist, and Rubric.

  • Test the resume and job search Websites on your computer so that you can be familiar with problems or concerns students may have when constructing their resumes.

  • Test Drama Map and the Writing Resumes for Fictional Characters presentation on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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