Giddy Up, Cowboy! It’s time to round us up some characters! Yeehaw! And that is just what Unit 8, Character Round Up, is all about! Kim has teamed up once again with her partner Michele Scannell to write the eighth unit in their Reading Workshop Series. This unit of study focuses on really getting to know characters. During the first week of the unit you will teach your students how to notice characters in books and make inferences about them based on what they look like, how they act, and how other characters react to them. The second week of instruction will focus on making deep connections with characters using the text as evidence. During the third week you will teach your students how to compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters. Finally on week four you will prepare your students to perform a reader’s theater script by teaching them how to actually “become” the character.
This unit contains an overview of the month, a monthly spreadsheet, a suggested book list, a weekly overview and prep sheet for each of the 4 weeks, 20 mini lessons written in ready to use lesson plan form, 4 anchor charts with all the pieces made and ready to reproduce, 2 circle organizers for essential questions, a set of expression cards, a large double bubble organizer for character connections as well as a student version, a large double bubble organizer for comparing the adventures and experiences of characters as well as a student version, a readers theater script, and retelling character bibs.
The unit is broken down into four weeks:
*Week one- Getting to know characters (making inferences)
*Week two- Making connections to characters
*Week three- Comparing/contrasting the adventures and experiences of characters
*Week four- Putting it all together with reader’s theater
These lessons will have your little cowpokes preforming as they learn about characters, their adventures and experiences!
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