After students learn how to identify character motivations and the behaviors those motivations manifest into, students can connect motivation to behavior in their analysis of characters (learned in previous lesson titled "World without heroes"). This skill is pivotal in literary response; however this skill lends itself well to character development both in creative writing AND in computer animation.
Whether students desire to work for Pixar as an animator or write and code games, they will find more success when the end-user can relate to the characters in the movies and in games. Characters must be "believable." This lesson guides students in developing a believable character.
Note: this is a lab lesson and therefore requires extended time of independent work. For upper classmen in high school this shouldn't be a problem; however for freshmen they will need some movement. If that is the case, ask the students to "stretch" for :30 seconds every time you flip the light switch.