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Characterization is the method used by an author to present a character to the reader. Five layers work together in various combinations to give the reader a mental picture of the character: (1) character's appearance, (2) character's actions, (3) character's thoughts, (4) character's speech, and (5) getting the reactions of others...
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The author carefully selects which layers of information to include, depending on how well the author wants the reader to "know" the character. As you will see, some layers are more informative than others. Experiment with the five layers of characterization game. Now, think about this: Can you think of situations when an author would use fewer layers of characterization? When would an author use more (possibly all 5 layers)? Does it make a difference when a story is nonfiction, like the books in Module 3? As you read the book you've chosen, notice how characters are presented and think about which layers are being used...
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