Help your students relate common archetypes to the stories and novels they love with these character archetype graphic organizers.
★ Engaging graphic organizers for interactive notebooks
★ Assessment to use with any novel includes practice supporting ideas with evidence from the text
★ Editable templates so you can add your own character archetype labels
(2) Tips for printing PDF files
(3) Tips for using interactive notebooks
(4) Character Archetype flap book
(5) Hero’s Journey flowchart
(6) Assessment for use with any text
(7-8) Editable templates so you can change archetype labels
Print one copy per student of pages 4-5. Before copying the assessment (p. 6), first decide how many examples from the text you will require students to analyze. Write that number in the box at the top of the page. Then make one copy per student.
How to Use this Character Archetype Lesson
These materials work well when you teach a fantasy or science fiction book study. They are also perfect for a mythology unit like The Lightning Thief or The Odyssey. This lesson is also a great introduction to the Common Core standard RL.8.9: Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
As students take notes on the graphic organizers in their interactive notebooks, ask them to brainstorm more examples from current fiction or from a class text.
Since the assessment requires that students find textual evidence to support their claims, this organizer takes some time to complete. If you will be using it as a quiz during class time, it is helpful to have students annotate and flag examples of archetypes as they read.
Get the most from this lesson when you include my Character Archetype posters and pennant banner activity. You can also project the posters on your whiteboard as a slideshow to guide class discussion and note-taking.