In this series of activities, students closely reread the story Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea to find clues that reveal the inside and outside traits of the students in Mr. Terupt’s 5th grade classroom. They create life-size figures of the characters, including speech balloons and words that describe their personality traits.
1. Partners first read closely for clues that reveal what an assigned character looks like. Based on those clues, they create a life-size figure of the character.
2. Then, they read carefully to find what the character says and thinks. They choose quotes that they believe best reveal the character’s personality. They copy these quotes onto speech balloons and place them near their life-sized figure.
3. After that, they read for the character’s actions. They use all of the information that they have about the character, and make inferences about his or her character traits. They write these traits on colorful call out paper and place them around their character.
4. As they continue to read, students add more traits to their figures, developing a theory about that character.
5. The culminating activity is an “I Am” poem written from the character’s perspective.