This is Lesson 2 of CWN's creative writing syllabus for teaching fiction. Click here to go back to Lesson 1.
The reading assignments for this writing syllabus all come from the book A Relative Stranger by Charles Baxter
Creative writing syllabus - Lesson 2: Character development (continued).
Reading: "Westland" by Charles Baxter
In-class activity: Students work in pairs. Each pair chooses one of the following characters from "Westland" -- the narrator, Jaynee, or Earl -- and writes a character profile of this character, using the CWN creative writing worksheets for character profiles. Students should invent any details that are not told in the story. Make sure they know that there are no right or wrong answers -- they can use their imaginations for this exercise.
Group discussion: Talk about what we know about the different characters in "Westland," and how the information is conveyed or suggested in the story.
In-class activity: 10-minute writing about one of the topics on this story starters page. Encourage students to use the character profile from their homework in the 10-minute writing assignment if they wish.
Homework: Students develop their in-class writing assignment at home.
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