What’s the point?
This presentation covers several important learning standards, including analyzing a character’s internal traits as motivators for their external actions, describing the influence a character’s relationships with other character(s) has on the outcome of the story, and exploring how a character changes from the beginning to end of a text (and why).
How it works:
As you read fiction books aloud to your students, select and analyze main characters from the text.. Explore the character’s FAT traits (Feelings, Actions, and Thoughts) and discuss how one trait might affect or influence the others. Explore the differences between internal (inside) character traits, including thoughts and emotions, and external (outside) character traits, being sure to notice the character’s words and actions. Stress that while external are more easily seen, internal traits are the ones that define characters (and people) and truly drive their external behaviors.
This slideshow presentation includes references to the following mentor texts,
but feel free to edit and include your own:
> "Destiny’s Gift" by Natasha Tarpley
> "Freedom Summer" by Deborah Wiles
> "Peter’s Chair" by Ezra Jack Keats
> "Julius Baby of the World" by Kevin Henkes