English Department Literary Character Roundtable
Grades 9 and 10
A Block December 19, 2018
Groups of 7 characters will have about 30 minutes for their roundtable discussion. Within each 30 minute session each character will introduce self (1-2 minutes), and then the moderator will ask a series of questions of the group. Each student must respond (in character) to each of the questions, ideally commenting upon what they have heard from others as well. Students will be evaluated by the teachers and student audience on how well they present the essential aspects of their characters in their clever and insightful responses to the questions. When you are not in the discussion, you will be listening carefully to the discussion to rate and give written feedback to the discussion participants. These ratings will figure into the final grade each of you receive.
Prepare notecards with your introduction, important information, and examples to help you answer these possible questions:
1. Are humans inherently good or evil?
2. What does it mean to be human?
3. What are the boundaries of love and sacrifice, and where does one draw the line between them?
4. When should an individual take a stand in opposition to an individual or larger group?
5. What personal qualities have helped you deal with conflict and change?
6. Who is the most important aspect of your life?
7. Explain what love means to you. Loyalty? Faith?
8. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?
9. Describe your most treasured memory? Most painful?
10. What responsibilities do humans have to each other?
11. What is community? Who are the others? How are decisions made about who belongs & who is excluded?
12. How important is it to you that you are able to control y...