A Quality Personality

Cover In J. Ruth Gendler’s The Book of Qualities, 70 abstract qualities come to life, walking and talking, borrowing Grandmother’s shawl and telling scary stories late into the night. Personification at its best! Precise, specific images reveal each abstract quality as a vivid personality. After you read samples in class, choose one quality from the list provided. Check the dictionary and the thesaurus, exploring possible meanings and hunting down synonyms.

These qualities are real people, with weird relatives, bad friends, unique clothing styles, and strange stories to tell. Make your chosen quality a real personality, too. Complete a sensory cluster for your quality -- sight, smell, taste, touch, sound. Then write and carefully polish a one-to-three-paragraph personification of your quality. Make every word count on this one!

Gendler Interview -- Book of Qualities Assignment Handout -- Gendler Website

Courage

 

 

Contentment

Complacency
Forgiveness
Fear
Patience

Pleasure
Integrity

Whimsy

 

Worry

Updated 19 July 2014.
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