Character Analysis #1 - Character Traits
Students are asked to assign a character trait to each main character, Aunt Esther and Michael, and include evidence from the text to support it. As a further exploration students are asked to explain their analysis in a well developed paragraph.
Character Analysis #2 - Character Transformation
This file includes a character transformation analysis chart for the main characters in "Shells." The chart allows students to analyze each character by assigning a character trait in the beginning of the story as well as finding evidence in the text which supports the trait. Students will then identify a trait that portrays how the character has changed. To develop this work further students are given an opportunity to prove their analysis by writing a paragraph to prove their assignment of each transformation.
Character Analysis #3 - Compare/Contrast Characters
This file includes a character analysis chart for the major characters in "Night of the Spadefoot Toads" and "Shells" The chart allows students to analyze the ways in which Ben and Michael are similar and different as well as the similarities and differences between Mrs. Tibbets and Aunt Esther. To develop this work further students are given an opportunity to prove their analysis by writing an essay comparing one pair of characters.
Comprehension Checkpoints - "Shells"
This file includes two sets of comprehension questions for "Shells" by Cynthia Rylant. One set are inferential questions and the other are more literal.
"Night of the Spadefoot Toads" is a mentor text in Unit 1 Module A for the Fifth Grade Ready Gen program.
"Shells" is a mentor text in Unit 1 Module A for the Fifth Grade Ready Gen program.
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