Using Character Interviews to Help Students Connect to Reading

This approach is a great way for learners to begin to really connect to the written word.

In this approach, you would read an excerpt from a novel or short story, and you really want to highlight within your reading the struggle of the character.

When that is done, the learners will discuss what it must be like to be that particular character in that particular circumstance.

Generating questions as a group would be helpful figure out the character and why they did what they did.

This approach lends itself greatly to “daytime T.V.” Learners could extend this approach by making a role play with the character interviewed by a “host.

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