Writers use many different techniques when they are creating characters in their stories. Look at this extract from a story set in a school.
Mr Jacobs glared at Tom. His lips were pressed together and his fingers drummed on the desk.
'Come here, now!' he barked.
Tom stood up and walked slowly towards the front of the classroom, dragging his feet. He could feel his heart thumping in his chest and sweat starting to prickle on his palms.
He stood in front of Mr Jacobs, fixing his eyes on the teacher's shiny black shoes.
'Look at me, boy!' sneered Mr Jacobs.
Tom slowly glanced upwards until their eyes met. He gulped.
The author has told us a lot about the characters of Tom and Mr Jacobs in this short passage. In this activity you can look at the ways that authors develop characters in their stories.