This Mini Unit focusses on identifying character traits and motivations through a chapter study of “The Stories Julian Tells”. By having students do several close reads of the chapter, “Catalogue Cats”, students will identify character traits and how the text evidence supports their analysis.
This mini unit includes:
1 Character Trait Graphic Organizer
6 Constructed Response Questions
Guiding Questions and Student Look-fors
Students will analyze all 3 characters in a graphic organizer. The 6 constructed response questions build off the graohic organizer and dive into the character motivation in the chapter, how their actions affect other characters, and why characters behave in specific ways.
This unit affords a great opportunity for deep conversations in small group or whole group. This unit can span anywhere between 2-6 days, depending on how many constructed response questions you choose to have students complete.
CCSS Standards addressed in this unit:
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
How to use this unit:
1. Provide students a copy of the Chapter “Catalogue Cats” from “The Stories Julian Tells” by Ann Cameron. I personally provide them a photocopy of the chapter so they are free to mark it up on each read.
2. Guiding questions and student look fors are included to help facilitate deeper understanding.
3. Use the graphic organizer to develop a sense of character traits and motivation that are evident in the text.
4. Use the constructed response questions (some or all) to cultivate a strong written response using text evidence when analyzing characters in literature.
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