Standard 8.1 Strand B Research and other Resources

What Research Says About Digital Storytelling

  2. Center for Digital Storytelling- stories, case studies, and resources
  3. Me, Myself and I:
    Writing First Person Point of View

Students will:

  • Students work in pairs to examine the actions, reactions, and dialogue of a character.
  • Analysis of a character is supported by summarizing evidence from the story. character map
  • Students create sentences with appositives to analyze characters. appositive game appositive practice
  • Teams develop 5 questions that their character could respond to based on the examination of his or her actions in the story. 
  • A team member "becomes" the character to answer developed questions
  • Students create a character trait reportcard in MS Word.  Students make comments using evidence from the story to justify grades. 
  • Create a talk show using questions and answers developed by students.
  • Students write a first person narrative based on their character study.

Note:  Teachers model this process based on the Big Bad Wolf from the Three Little Pigs

  • Teacher reads the story.
  • Students develop interview questions.
  • A child is chosen as TV host.
  • Host takes questions from audience. 
  • The teacher can take on the role of the wolf as students take turns asking questions. 
  • The teacher can step out of character from time to time to ask "Would the Big Bad Wolf answer the question this way?  Why?  Why not?"


1) Pay attention to the character’s moral compass. Does the character good moral values?

2) Decide whether the character’s actions are wise or unwise. Does the character make good decisions?

3) What is the character’s motivation? Why did he do that?  Why is he acting that way?

4) Consider the effects of the character’s behavior on other characters.

5) Look for repeatedly used words that describe the character. Those words often give insight into a character’s psychology and motivations.

6) Be aware of items associated with the character. They may say something about his or her state of mind. A classic example is the delicate unicorn figurine in Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie. The figurine is symbolic of Laura’s own sense of hope and her own fragility.

7) Read between the lines. Often what a character does not say is as important as what he or she does say. Think of Abner Snopes in William Faulkner’s short story “Barn Burning.” When the court finds Snopes guilty of ruining his boss’ rug, prior knowledge of Abner’s character tells us that his silence upon hearing the verdict actually speaks volumes. We know he will react later...and violently.

8) Does the charater experience a change.   

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