One of the first things we worked on in narrative writing is the development of a character. I wanted students to come up with as many descriptive words they could use to describe personality and physical appearance. A wonderful idea that my team came up with was to present students with a picture of a person and have them develop a character based on that prompt.
After finding a bunch of photos online, each student was given a picture. The pictures represented people of all ages, genders, races, religions etc. etc.
Students had to describe the physical characteristics of the character in their photo. They then had to create a personality for this person, state the role (career) of the character, their challenge and achievements and whether or not they would like to be friends with them.
It was crucial that students knew there was no right or wrong with this activity, and that it was their own character that they were creating.
AWESOME activity!!! Please use this in narrative writing :)