Relationships in “Charles.”

The theme of this semester in English is “Relationships.” When we read or look at something significant, we will examine the relationships within that piece.

Here are a couple of definitions of “relationship” that fit what we’re looking at (there are others.)

  • the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected: the study will assess the relationship between unemployment and political attitudes.
  • the way in which two or more people or organizations regard and behave toward each other: the landlord–tenant relationship: she was proud of her good relationship with the household staff.

Take another look at this video that we watched earlier, and see if you can spot the significant relationships covered in the video.

List the significant relationships, and describe them.

Then, look again at “Charles.” and make another list of relationships and describe/define those.

There are 2 really obvious ones:

  • a)
  • b)

I listed 3 others that might require a bit more thought:

  • a)
  • b)
  • c)

Your job is to come up with something that demonstrates a SIMILAR relationship. You can use real people you know (or yourselves) but describe or demonstrate a situation where people are interacting in a similar way to the way that people interact in the story.

  • eg: Nick Cannon’s grandma. Tell a story from the perspective of a parent/uncle/aunt/guardian of some sort, and make the relationship between those two people mirror the relationship between Laurie and his parents.

You can choose how to do this!


  • Write it out. (using enough detail to get a good sense of who these people are and how they relate to one another.)
  • Act it out. (using body language, tone of voice, etc. to make this relationship easy to understand.)

More creative (but more work.) (More work=more marks!)

  • Draw a comic book.
  • Make a short movie.
  • Write/sing a song
  • Write/recite a poem

This is a test to see whether you can do something like this. If you aren’t able to work together and get work done with good quality, you won’t do it this way again. Easy!

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