With this lesson, third and fourth grade students will be able to infer a character's motivations based off their actions. Students will explore a famous and polarizing character: LeBron James.
Through leveled texts and videos, students will learn about LeBron James’ actions and make inferences about his motivations. Some resources depict James as a boastful athlete motivated only by winning. Others will highlight his community service.
By the end of the lesson, students will build a chart showing a range of different inferences about LeBron James along with quotes from the text supporting those inferences. Students will reflect on how characters can have complex motivations and consider their own actions and motivations.
RI.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
RL.3.3: Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events -- applied in nonfiction
What motivates LeBron James?
What Motivates LeBron James handout and teacher example (included)
Chromebooks (consider sharing the links to resources through Google Classroom)
If Chromebooks are not available, you can print out copies of the articles for students