Characters in Literature -- Common Core Reading

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
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Lessons on character traits and analysis. Aligned with common core reading literature standards.


14 Different Response Sheets

14 Response Examples (to model for your students)

14 Feedback Rubrics (great for assessment and giving feedback)

14 Anchor Chart Posters

Response Sheets:

-Readers envision so they can learn about the characters in the stories they read.

-Readers create ideas about what the characters are really like in the stories they read.

-Readers empathize with characters by connecting with their experiences.

-Readers notice details to help them better understand their characters.

-Readers use their empathy for characters to make predictions.

-Readers predict not only what will happen, but how it will happen and revise their predictions based upon new details that emerge.

-Readers notice places in their stories that evoke strong emotions.

-Readers look for patterns in a character’s behavior to grow a theory about them.

-Readers notice when characters act in surprising ways.

-Readers notice when characters change.

-Readers understand that characters face challenges that become turning points.

-Readers understand that most stories include an external story and an internal story.

-Readers understand that secondary characters have important roles in stories.

-Readers learn alongside the characters in their books.

**Directly addresses Grade 3 Literature Standards, but could also be used with grades 2-4.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


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