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Literary Character Olympics

Found In: games; critical thinking; reading comprehension

I did this during the winter games, and it was a huge hit with my freshmen: Character Olympics. While reading a novel (we were reading The Hunger Games at the time, but I’ve used it with other pieces of literature since), I had the students decide which Olympic events each character would compete in and why. It forced them to analyze the characters in a fun way. When they shared their picks with their classmates, the discussion was great. Many would argue and question the choices, which forced the students to defend their picks; those who didn’t put much effort into the assignment initially made up for it during the discussions.

I plan to use this activity for the summer Games as a review of the characters we read in our short stories unit.


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