Fourth Grade Describing a Character Unit - Constructed Response to Literature

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This complete, differentiated unit teaches students to construct responses that describe characters. Students learn to find evidence in text, write a topic sentence, support with detail sentences, cite, and conclude.

Texts for direct instruction, independent practice, and assessment have been written at three reading levels: advanced, average, and low. This content differentiation allows you to reach all students in your class with one lesson. The engaging passages were adapted from Just So Stories* by Rudyard Kipling.

This bundle includes RL.4.3 Describing a Character PowerPoint, Describing a Character Practice Pack, complete lesson plans, and an assessment. You’ll have everything you need for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment.

What’s included:
• Lesson plans
• Poster with steps for answering questions
• PowerPoint presentation that models the process for describing a character
• “How the Camel Got His Hump” (advanced, average, and low – 2 pages each – corresponding to PowerPoint presentation)
• Link for video presentation of “The Beginning of the Armadillo”
• “The Beginning of the Armadillo” (average reading level for guided practice – 4 pages)
• Three response sheets for “The Beginning of the Armadillo”
• “The Elephant’s Child” (advanced – 7 pages, average – 6 pages, low – 3 pages for independent practice)
• Three response sheets for “The Elephant’s Child”
• “How the Leopard Got His Spots” (advanced, average, and low for assessment – 2 pages each)
• Three response sheets for “How the Leopard Got His Spots”
• Rubric with four versions (two with CCSS listed, two without)
• Generic question sheet

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1. Direct Instruction – Ask students to read “How the Camel Got His Hump.” Display and discuss a PowerPoint presentation that models the process of finding details in text, writing a topic sentence, supporting with detail sentences, citing, and concluding.
2. Guided Practice – Watch a video clip from “The Beginning of the Armadillo” (link provided) and/or read text. Collaborate to describe a character. (Two more response sheets are available for additional practice.)
3. Independent Practice – Have students read “The Elephant’s Child” and write character descriptions. (Three response sheets, each for a different character, are available.)
4. Assessment – Ask students to read “How the Leopard Got His Spots” and describe one character. (Three response sheets are available.)

More Literature Units!
This unit is now available as part of Literature Bundle - Grade 4! You can purchase eight complete standards-based units (including lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, practice, and assessments) plus three comprehensive assessments for a discounted price - - - or pick and choose from the list below:
RL.4.1 Answering Questions Lesson Plans
RL.4.2 Finding a Theme Lesson Plans
Summarizing Unit, Grades 4 & 5
RL.4.3 Describing a Character Lesson Plans
RL.4.4 Words from Mythology Lesson Plans
RL.4.5 Prose, Drama, and Poetry Lesson Plans
RL.4.6 Determining and Defending Point of View Lesson Plans
RL.4.9 Comparing and Contrasting Folklore
Literature Assessments - Grade 4

And look what’s new: lessons for teaching about reading informational texts! These two units are available now, and more will be following soon.
Identifying Text Structure
Finding Word Meaning

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Brenda Kovich

*This book is now in the public domain and may be reproduced freely.

Common Core State Standard for Reading: Literature 4.3 (RL.4.3) with Differentiation

Indiana ELA Standard for Literature 4.RL.2.3

This product was updated on June 14, 2014. Additional stories, response sheets, rubrics, and a PowerPoint presentation were added. If you need the original file, please email me at
Total Pages
16 PowerPoint Slides + 55
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Week

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