So I’m teaching my children how to develop characters. I think it’s time to write alongside them. Here goes:
My Character’s Name: (yet to be determined) But it’s a hamster who lives in our fourth grade classroom
Age: mm, old for a hamster… but it’s his first year in our classroom. That will make him wise and let him learn something about writing. OR, I could decide he has been in my classroom for years and years and has heard me teach writing over and over. This year, he’ll finally try my mini-lessons himself.
Physical Description: brown/grayish ears, but has the colors of a snickers bar- milky white fur on his belly, caramel colored on his back.
Personality: slightly arrogant, intelligent (for a hamster). I think he has a British accent.
Feelings: resents being a hamster stuck in a classroom. Dislikes being stared at by all the kids but REALLY despises hearing me teach writing. Does enjoy read aloud though.
Socially: doesn’t really say anything since he’s a hamster, though he does try to talk to the students and convince them that my teaching is rubbish.
Family: none known
Dreams & Aspirations: find meaning in his life because all he does is run in wheel, eat, drink, and sleep.
Quirk: Loves the aroma of my coffee (thinks it’s my only redeeming quality).
Some things he might say: “Oh goodness, why is she teaching THAT way?” “Haven’t these kids heard enough of her revolting voice?”
OK- so I made him a HIM and a HAMSTER. I don’t know much about that, but the story does have a lot to do with my classroom and I DO know a lot about that. My character IS human like with some restrictions (aka, living in a cage). And, I think it’s believable. This hamster could represent the character of one of my students. Overall, I feel I followed the guidelines for creating a character.