Characters, Settings, and Events is a 48 page complete unit that targets Common Core RL 3.3, 4.3, and 5.3, in a way your students will love! It includes 32 task cards, two foldables, loads of graphic organizers, a poster, practice passages and activities to keep your students fully engaged!
Specifically it includes:
32 Task Cards with short character focused stories (and a Student Record Sheet and Key)
3 Character Passages and Keys
List of Character Traits (2 pages)
Character Comic Strip
Character Trait Superhero
Character Trait Portrait
Character Circle Map
Inside Outside Character Analysis
Compare and Contrast Characters
Character Traits and Evidence from the Text
Character Traits and Proof from the Text
Characterization Changing Event
Character Traits from Beginning, Middle and Ending
Character Cinquain Poem and Example/Directions Page
Venn Diagram to Compare Characters
What a Difference Setting Makes
Inside Outside Settings
Story Map Foldable
Plot Line Matching
Compare and Contrast Story Elements
Summarize the Main Events
Summarize the Events and Make Connections
This unit is jam-packed with lots of fun activities! Whether you use them as a whole class, in a small group setting, for centers or even as homework, your students will gain so much of a better understanding of basic story elements like characters, setting and of course the plot.
The graphic organizers are awesome because they can be used with any story, novel or even with the basal reader. I especially love the Character Traits Comic Strip, which allows kids to show their creative sides. The Cinquain Poem is fun too and I always think it's great when you can tie in writing to whatever you're doing with reading.
The 32 task cards included are really fun. Students will be able to practice making inferences as they read a short story and piece together the clues to identify the main character's personality traits. I am crazy about task cards and think they're especially fun to use as a "scoot" type of activity where kids walk around the room figuring out task cards in a scavenger hunt type of process. They love the movement involved and I really like it when they work with a partner so they can collaborate on their answers.
I do love literature, so this unit is definitely one of my favorites! One of the best things about it is that there are so many different formats included in this unit, that you can spend weeks on focusing on characters, settings and events and never use the same thing twice. Plus, the activities are so kid friendly, I just know your class will have a good time with it and will learn a lot in the process.
If you're looking for more Common Core materials, please check these out:
Main Ideas, Supporting Details and Summary
Cause and Effect from Informational Text: 4th and 5th Grade Common Core
Text Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade
Themes in Literature: Common Core for 4th and 5th Grade
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