Everything you need to understand or teach Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card.
The book is subtitled "How to invent, construct, and animate vivid, credible characters and choose the best eyes through which to view the events of your short story or novel." In exploring this intent, the book offers several suggestions of techniques writers can employ to bring fictional characters to vivid life in order to fully engage a reader in the story being told. These suggestions are grounded in the key thematic premises relating to the necessity for justification, the importance of the narrative's relationship with the reader, and the value of craft.
After a brief introduction (in which the author refers to writing as a solitary art and discusses different aspects of fiction writing), the author begins the first part of his analysis (subtitled "Inventing Characters") with basic descriptions of what a character is and the function that a character fulfills in a narrative. He then goes into...
Characters and Viewpoint Lesson Plans contain 130 pages of teaching material, including: