Students will write an initial essay of the lifestyle and culture of their chosen birthplace. This essay will include facts listed from the questionnaire outline in as much detail as possible.
Students will write a detailed essay of their character based upon the choices they've made. This essay will include the specifics listed in the character analysis worksheet. Again in as much detail as possible.
Students are ready to begin combining the previous essays to create a story of what their characters daily life was like growing up. This is absolute imagination, and only the facts of their birth-place need to coincide.
When all essays are complete, the students will assemble into groups of four. Each member of the group will read their essays aloud. A question and answer period will follow each reading to promote further ideas that may have been overlooked. The students will now collaborate on ideas about possible reasons why each character would choose to leave their birth-place and venture to America. Each student will then choose one primary reason on which to base his/her further character work. Throughout the course of this unit, students may, and hopefully will, ultimately find many reasons as they develop a thinking character.