Project Title: Picture the Character (or Author)
Software Used: Internet
Subject and Grade Level: English 9-12 (or any other course)
Standards: 12.1.1, 12.2.5
Suggestions: If you have a student that is less artistic (or you want to use it as a small assignment), use a webpage such as www.magixl.com for creating the facial features and merely add color and background to make it more individualistic.
Materials needed: paper, colored pencils or markers, etc.
Lesson Plans/Directions: I use this as a creative time at the end of a quiz. Have students create a caricature of a character or author. If you use the webpage for the face, students just need to add color and create a background with symbolic representations that fit the character. For example, Huck Finn may be placed on a raft, Mark Twain may be put in a white suit or on the picture of a riverboat. It can be used with pretty much any novel and is a fun way to be sure students visualize their characters.