Objective: Students will discuss and identify dynamic and static characters in stories. Students will discuss and determine whether Humpty Dumpty is a dynamic or static character using text evidence. Students will create a work of art to represent his transformation.
What You Will Need: “After The Fall” by Dan Santat, This Printable Art Page below, scissors, glue, and paint, crayons, glitter, or other art supplies.
Before You Get Started: Print out template for each student participating. Use cardstock for the template if possible.
Define dynamic and static characters in texts. Provide a few examples of dynamic and static characters and why an author intentionally creates dynamic and static characters in books.
In table groups, ask the students to discuss dynamic and static characters from books, tv shows and movies. Come back together and discuss your findings.
Looking at the cover, have students make a prediction about whether Humpty Dumpty will be a static or a dynamic character.
Read the book: Read the story and ask the students to determine if their predictions were correct. Ask students to use text evidence to support their answers!
1. Pass out a printed template and cut out the pieces.
2. Draw a face and clothes on the egg. Trace and color.
3. Cut out the long strips from the template. These will be used for arms and legs. Before gluing them to the egg, crinkle them by folding them back and forth as shown in the picture below.
4. Glue the hands and feet to the crinkled strips. Glue them to the egg.
5. draw your bird on your cut paper. Make sure you draw on the side without dashed lines. You will use the dashed lines to fold your wings in. Trace and color your bird.
6. Fold the wings on each of the dotted lines separately. Lay the bird open again.
7. To fold up the bird, hold each wing, pressing inward on the horizontal fold. The wings should close in and collapse the wings.
8. Fold down on the final dotted line.
9. Glue the top of the egg to the top back tab of the folded bird paper.
10. Glue the bottom of the egg to the bottom front tab of the folded bird paper.
11. On the sign, write a fear you have overcome or wish to overcome. Glue the sign to your egg’s hands.
12. Inside your birds body, write how you have or how you would like to overcome the fear you identified on your sign.
12. Fold the bird back up so that the egg looks whole again. When you pull on the top of the head, it opens the bird and represents the transformation of overcoming your fears.
Extension Activity: Have your students write a story about the fear they have or want to overcome. How will they change once they’ve overcome their fears? Display the writing and art together.