Characterization Assessment on Pinterest

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In other, classroom news, I wanted to share with you my latest project: Characterization via Pinterest.  My English IV students have recently completed reading “The Knight’s Tale” from The Canterbury Tales and I wanted to assess their true understanding of the characters Arcite, Palamon, Emilie, and Duke Theseus.  I found a printout of a blank Pinterest board on TeachersPayTeachers


Prior to distributing the templates, I displayed the Pinterest website on my smart board, and some very zealous students eagerly volunteered to explain how the website works and why it’s so amazing.  Afterwards, I distributed them to the students with the following instructions:

Students will create a Pinterest board for one of the following characters:

  • Palamon
  • Arcite
  • Emilie
  • Duke Theseus

Students will make posts that address the following topics:

  • Dream Vacation
  • Wedding Location
  • Wardrobe
  • Hobbies or Crafts
  • Jewelry
  • Code of Chivalry

The results were amazing!!!

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The next phase of this project will be the presentation phase.  Students will explain three pins: who is their character, what is the pin, and why is this an appropriate choice for their character.  They are also going to find a piece of textual evidence that supports their decision!

Common Core Standard Alignment

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).


By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

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