Characters and Actions through Fairy Tales


Characters and Actions
Identify/Generate the principle
Time: 10 minutes

Ask students to identify the fairy tale you're describing based on these words (read them aloud): carried, walked, knocked, ate, said, lived, skipped

Presumably, they will be flummoxed.

Ask them to identify the fairy tale based on this new set of words: Little Red Riding Hood, grandmother, wolf, woodsman
 
The lesson here, then, is that most people find it easier to recognize characters than actions. Clearly-defined, familiar characters will make your argument much easier to read.
Variation: Use actions and characters from an editorial in the Cav Daily. Ask students to identify the topic/argument of the editorial.