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Foils

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Comic Strip
  • Graphic Novel

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Foils
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings character development to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings character development to life with comics and storyboards.

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Foils

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

A character in a text that has opposite or conflicting traits as another character is called a foil. Foils are NOT always the protagonist or antagonist, sometimes they are a minor characters or the main character's supporter. Authors use foils to ensure the reader doesn't miss important character traits. Students should be explicitly taught to be on the look out for foils.

Opening Discussion

Share the following with students:

  • A foil is any character who directly contrasts the traits of another character (in order to highlight them).
  • Usually, but not always, the foil contrasts the main character (protagonist).
  • A foil can be an antagonist or supporter of the main character.
  • A foil can also be a minor character foiling another minor character.
  • There can be multiple foils in one work of literature.
  • The purpose of a foil is to:
    • Highlight a character's traits and motivations more obviously
    • Discriminate between good and evil, courage and cowardice, morality, and immorality, etc.
  • To identify a foil and the purpose of a foil, ask yourself the following questions:
    • What are the traits, motivations, and actions of the main character?
    • How do these characters interact or impact each other?
    • What are the traits, motivations, and actions of all of the supporting and opposing characters?
    • What traits, motivations, and actions are opposite?
    • What contrasting traits does the author repeatedly emphasize?
    • Which characters foil each other?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Main Character Foils

    Complete after class discussion

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  • Make a Character Map
    Minor Character Foils

    Complete after class discussion or reading.

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  • Make a Comic Strip
    Illustrate Character Foils

    Complete after class discussion or reading.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    As you read a story or novel, create a Graphic Novel that illustrates every scene that enhances a foil.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Storyboard that illustrates two foil characters in a popular animated film.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Do you know two people in real life who seem to foil each other?
  • Do people often befriend those who are their foil? Why or why not?
  • How do foils help authors make their message clearer?
  • How do foils enhance themes of the text?
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Pixton Activity: Foils 1 Main Character Foils

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

A foil is any character who directly contrasts the traits of another character (in order to highlight them). To illustrate a foil, explain the contrasting traits, motivations and actions of two opposite characters.

Instructions

Create a Character Map to illustrate the contrasting traits of the main character and the foil character in a work of literature:

  • Include the character traits and actions in each panel
  • Describe the contrasting traits and actions in each panel
  • Include appropriate illustrations

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Main Character Foils

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The dramatic structure is focused, with advanced use of language/ideas. The dramatic structure is well developed with full and accurate descriptions. The plot diagram is accurate and logical; descriptions may be brief. The dramatic structure is basic, has several errors, and lacks detail. The dramatic structure is inaccurate, and is difficult to follow.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • varies language to develop meaning
• varies sentence structure for effect
• images and characters have impact on the meaning of the panel
• language is clear with some variety
• varies sentence structure
• makes attempts to use descriptive language
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structure with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• some variety in sentence length and type
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (5 Act Play design) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Foils 2 Minor Character Foils

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

A foil is any character who directly contrasts the traits of another character (in order to highlight them). To illustrate a foil, explain the contrasting traits, motivations and actions of two opposite characters.

Instructions

Create a Character Map to illustrate the contrasting traits of two minor characters in a work of literature:

  • Include the character traits and actions in each panel
  • Describe the contrasting traits and actions in each panel
  • Include appropriate illustrations

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Minor Character Foils

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Foils 3 Illustrate Character Foils

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip

Intro

A foil is any character who directly contrasts the traits of another character (in order to highlight them). To illustrate a foil, explain the contrasting traits, motivations and actions of two opposite characters.

Instructions

Create a Comic Strip to illustrate the contrasting traits of two foil characters in a work of literature:

  • Illustrate contrasting character traits, motivations and actions in each panel
  • Include appropriate illustrations and dialogue

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Comic Strip

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