I recently did a lesson which had a focus on character description. For my starting point, I used the short film, ‘Junk’. You can find the video below (thank you to The Literacy Shed for finding this great resource):
Next, I asked the students to describe the character Jasper to their talk partners.
After this, I handed out a silhouette which I had sketched of Jasper, and the pupils had to put sentences about his appearance on the outside and personality on the inside (see below for an example).
I put emphasis on including relative clauses to deepen/expand the description (using which or that).
Finally, the students had to write some quick notes and then perform a descriptive account in the first person; using the app Tellagami.
Have a look at my tutorial, telling you everything you need to know about this fantastic tech tool:
Here are some examples of the outcomes of the task:
*Here is the presentation I created for the lesson (feel free to make a copy / download):
*Additionally, here is the activity sheet I made for the students to make notes for the main activity:
Have a go and let me know how you get on in the comments below 🙂