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Joe is messy, dirty, filthy, sloppy, and an avid frog catcher. His family tries their best to tame their Sloppy Joe but being sloppy doesn’t bother him…until one day when he decides to become Neat Joe. Dressed in a vest and tie, Joe is determined to mend his ways and help take care of his sick family. Is Neat Joe here to stay? Students will love Sloppy Joe’s sloppy, yet devoted personality!
This lesson is designed to introduce or reinforce the skill of inferring a character’s traits by analyzing character actions and thoughts through a whole group lesson. Questions and activities are carefully crafted to promote student thinking and engagement centered around inferring character traits.
An anchor chart will make learning visible so that students can see the connection between a character’s thoughts and actions with traits that can be inferred. At the end of the lesson, students will answer the following question independently: What traits best describe Joe? Explain what evidence helped you make your inferences. What strategy helped you better understand the character? There are three differentiated assessment options for your students.
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The essential question is: How can I describe characters in a story?
The lesson objective is: Students will be able to infer Joe’s character traits by analyzing his thoughts and actions throughout Sloppy Joe.
For the lesson, teacher resource include: lesson plan with stopping points, questions (and scaffolding questions for each), expected student responses, post-its to print questions and place in book for easy reference during the lesson.
There is also an anchor chart template with headers and expected answers as well as a page of question stems for inferring character traits (to be used for this lesson and any book in the future).
Student resources included: printable form of the essential question, objective, and questions to post visually for students during the lesson. For the assessment, three differentiated options are available. There is also a student graphic organizer (the anchor chart) if students are ready to track evidence and traits more independently.
Lesson extensions include:
-7 vocabulary words with word cards, 4 square activity, and related photographs to illustrate word meaning
-Students use text evidence and discussion to compare and contrast Sloppy Joe and Neat Joe. Then, students write a short description to summarize their findings.
-Students write a letter to Joe to offer advice about how he might be neater or more helpful. Students should give specific examples that make sense in terms of Joe’s personality and story events. A great connection to character education!
-Sequencing story events on post-its. This can be done independently or in groups. Just print one page of post-its per group. Students sort and stick on a sentence strip. Then, practice retelling the story in their own words.
-Students retell the story through writing. They may first sketch and label (differentiate as needed) to organize their thinking, then write!
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