Siobhan Curious has a post “Character = Behavior: A Lesson Plan.” I love the information she gives and the way she used a legitimate need of the students (references) to reinforce a discussion of characterization in the stories they were reading.
Just a tease:
By this time, they were riveted. Cell phones were forgotten, whispered conversations were abandoned, faces were wary but attentive.
Don’t you want to know how she got their attention–and kept it–for the class period and beyond? If so, go read the whole thing.