Useful sources for developing a character

Nature clips

Taking character development out of the human sphere can make it much easier for pupils to identify the processes of creating sympathetic characterisation.

You can find general nature and animal clips at the BBC nature wildlife page.

Also, see the clips in the slow writing section to discuss the creation of a hero. For example:

  • How does a writer create sympathy for the protagonist? and
  • What can we learn from filmmakers for our own writing?

View the BBC Little Heroes series, in particular the grasshopper mouse clips. Ask your pupils to write their own profiles for animals that feature in other clips in the Little Heroes series.

Watch another BBC Clip Reptile Race that depicts a lizard chase. Ask your pupils to identify the anthropomorphism used to create a sense of familiarity for the audience and to capture and maintain their interest.