How Character's Actions Affect a Story
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Transcript How Character's Actions Affect a Story
How Character's Actions Affect a Story As the author, it is important to connect the characters with the plot, so the action in the story unfolds naturally. When writing a narrative text, authors must include a characters' traits (...), emotions (...), actions (...), and motivations. These can influence the sequence, or order of events in a story. Let's take a look at Ernie and Jane's Big Race: Ernie and Jane are preparing for a race. Ernie is taking his time since he wants to make sure he has everything he needs. Jane is, (...) well, (...) too excited to be concerned about getting ready. Ready, (...) set, (...) GO! "JANE, hold on! Your skate laces are untied!" "Wooooohoooo!" What do you predict will happen next? (...) We can make a prediction based on the character's traits (...), emotions (...), actions (...), and motivations the author included! Character traits are words that help us understand a character's personality. Here, the author tells us that Ernie is slow and careful because he is taking his time getting ready... and we know Jane is excited and a little careless since she doesn't do anything to prepare and doesn't notice her skate laces are untied. Emotions tell us how a character is feeling. Ernie is carefully preparing for the race, so we can assume he is feeling calm... and Jane is restless and not preparing so we can assume she is feeling eager to start the race. Actions tell us what a character does, or doesn't do, in a story. Ernie moves leisurely, at a slow pace, to prepare... and Jane bounces around and takes off quickly when it's time to start. Motivations tell us the reasons behind a character's actions. Since we know that Ernie is taking his time getting ready, we can assume that he is motivated by safety... and we can assume Jane is motivated by enthusiasm. Now that we know more about the characters... the plot can unfold naturally! Before we see what happens next, let's summarize! Remember, (...)when writing a narrative text, authors must include a characters' traits (...), emotions (...), actions (...), and motivations. These can influence the sequence, or order of events in a narrative text. As the author, it is important to connect the characters with the plot, so the action in the story unfolds naturally. "Oh NO JANE! LOOK OUT!" "I'm (...) okay!"
How Character's Actions Affect a Story exercise
What aspects of character must an author include?Hints
Plot is the sequence of events in a narrative.
There are four correct answers.Solution
Characters are made of their:
Define aspects of characterization.Hints
Here is an example of how an author describes a character's emotions:
Terrance was feeling nervous the day of the big exam.
Here is a sentence that describes a character's traits:
The kind old man adopted a puppy.Solution
An author must connect a character to the plot. This is because then the actions in the story make sense. When writing a narrative text, an author must include a character's traits, emotions, actions, and motivations.
- Traits are words that help you understand a character's personality.
- Emotions are words that tell you how a character is feeling.
- Actions are what a character does or does not do.
- Motivations are the reasons for a character's actions.
Make a prediction based on a characterization.Hints
If you study a little bit each night, there is a good chance you will pass the exam.
When you succeed, you feel proud.Solution
The solution is as follows:
- I predict that Ernie will be confident while taking the test. I think he will pass.
- I know this because he was prepared. After the test, I think Ernie will feel proud.
- He studied a little bit each night, not all at once.
- He goes to bed early, not late.
- He eats a healthy breakfast, not a sugary one.
Determine characters' traits based on author's descriptions.Hints
There are three traits of Bertha's in the story.
A character's traits can be seen in how they treat others.Solution
Koko is so excited for the trip, she forgets her jacket. She also forgets about Bertha's feelings and keeps telling the scary story.
Pip is a caring friend. He lights a fire for everyone. He knows he has to do something to save Bertha from the story, but he doesn't yell at Koko. Instead, he puts out the fire with his tail to make it be bed time.
Bertha is also a good friend. She's often hungry and is a kind friend who shares her snacks. She is afraid of ghost stories and isn't ashamed to admit it!
Recall how characters' actions and traits affect a story.Hints
Jane doesn't notice her lace is untied because she is in a hurry. Why might someone be in a hurry?
Another word for leisurely is slowly.Solution
In the story, Jane is careless and excited.
These traits cause the action of her taking off quickly. She doesn't notice his skate is untied and crashes.
In the story, Ernie is careful and slow. These traits cause him to move leisurely. He tries to warns Jane, but it is too late.
Analyze how a character's actions affect a story.Hints
Piano keys are pushed or pressed to make sound. This is an action.
When you are nervous you may sweat.Solution
When the author says Ginny is "practicing every day", I can tell that Ginny is determined.
When the author says Ginny "paced up and down the stage hall", I can tell Ginny is nervous.
When the author says that Ginny "took a deep breath and pressed down on the keys," I can tell that Ginny played the piano.
When the author says that Ginny could be "accepted to Dryfuss Middle School for the Arts," I can tell that Ginny is motivated by passion.