Character Development & Analysis Minilesson | Indirect & Direct Characterization


Give your students the tools they need for character analysis & character development with this done-for-you minilesson. Using the editable slideshow, you’ll teach your students about direct and indirect characterization, protagonists and antagonists, analysis using STEAL, and more. The best part is that many of the included activities can be used again and again with any text!


Help your students understand character development with this resource by:

  • Teaching essential concepts using the editable presentation
  • Practicing turning direct characterization into indirect characterization
  • Analyzing characters from mentor texts using S.T.E.A.L.
  • Showcasing character development with Instagram, TikTok, & Text Message Templates

… all in printable and digital formats!

In a nutshell, this character minilesson will guide your students to a better understanding of character development and character analysis. The slideshow, scaffolded activities, and graphic organizers make teaching this lesson as easy as 1-2-3. All the planning is done for you! What’s more? The graphic organizers can be used again and again with different texts. 

The terms covered in this lesson:

  • Protagonists vs. Antagonists
  • Direct and Indirect Characterization
  • S.T.E.A.L. Analysis (Speech, Thoughts, Effect on Others, Actions, Looks)
  • Round Characters
  • Flat Characters
  • Dynamic Characters
  • Static Characters

If you’d like to know more about teaching characterization with this product, read my blog post here.



⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Under One Roof said, “I love that  I will be able to use this with multiple books this year.  I also love the handouts that the kids can use for practice.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Magda said, “This is a fantastic resource and so well laid out.  I love that the powepoint slideshow is ready to go and I can just add in my own examples of character descriptions from the novels we’re reading for the students to analyze.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Brittany said, “This resource was very fun and engaging! It really helped my students understand character analysis. It’s very easy to plug into the books we’re currently reading in class.”


Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.10

RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.10

RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.6, RL.7.10


You might also like these other Elements of Fiction mini-lessons:

OR, ⭐️ Bundle & Save for a Discount ⭐️

Purchase the Elements of Fiction Bundle to get this activity plus the mini-lessons listed above! 

Have a question?

Please email me at I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

Don’t forget to leave feedback! I love to hear what my buyers have to say, how the product worked for them, and any feedback I can use to improve my product!

✔️ Follow me to be notified when I’ve posted new products. New products are always 50% off for the first 48 hours!

✔️ Subscribe to my NEWSLETTER for tips, ideas, and activities that make teaching middle school ELA feel engaging and purposeful.

Thanks so much,

Natayle Brown


Copyright © Hey Natayle.

Permission to copy for single classroom use only.

Please purchase additional licenses if you intend to share this product.


There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.

You may also like…

  • types of conflictQuick View

    Types of Conflict in Literature | Mini Lesson & Task Card Activity

    Add to cartLoading Done
  • point of viewQuick View

    Point of View Mini-Lesson | First, Second, and Third Person POV Scavenger Hunt

    Add to cartLoading Done
  • elements of fictionQuick View

    Elements of Fiction Minilesson | Plot, Setting, Characters, Conflict, & Theme

    Add to cartLoading Done
  • themes in literatureQuick View

    Themes in Literature Mini-Lesson | Editable Theme PowerPoint & Activities

    Add to cartLoading Done