For this particular activity, I did the following:
- I had students individually consider the characters of Perices and Antony, given a worksheet with the comparison headings of birth, education, and achievements.
- After ten minutes, students then broke into small groups to compare notes.
- On blue and orange sticky notes I asked them to write one or two-word characteristics or traits for both figures, for each area (birth, education, achievements). If the trait was praise-worthy, they put it on an orange sticky. If not praise-worthy, then they put it on a blue sticky. After 10 or 15 minutes they had a collection of notes for each character.
- I put a grid on the board with the three areas horizontal and Pericles and Antony vertically.
- They then put the stickies in the appropriate boxes on the board.
- We then discussed what they thought about each character, considering the areas of comparison and the virtues or vices they had identified. The color-coding made it easy to see at a glance that the students considered that the two characters had similar traits of birth and education, but in achievements Pericles was nearly all orange (virtue) and Antony very blue (vice).
- After further discussion, their exit pass was to write a paragraph comparing the two figures, assessing which was worthy of emulation or a figure to not emulate.