Take a popular children’s fairy tale like Cinderella and list the following characters from the fairy tale: Cinderella, the step-mother, the step-sisters, fairy godmother, and the prince.
Write the word archetypical characters on the board and the definition.
List some examples: the hero, the good mother, the sidekick, the outcast and the villain.
Ask the students to name some additional archetypical characters or character types that they can think of and and write them on the board.
Next, put students in groups of four. Ask each group to choose a superhero movie such as Batman, The Fantastic Four or Spiderman. The students will classify characters from the movie. For differentiation, students with limited writing ability will be the group spokespersons and verbally give their responses to the class (two students from each group). Students with moderate writing ability will write the responses from the group.
Students will take notes using an archetypical characters' graphic organizer. They will present their list of archetypical characters to the class.