PURPOSE: It is imperative that our students engage text in a positive and enticing manner. When students fail to eclipse the passion of a sold-out reader within a text, trying to recapture that passion is nearly impossible. Understanding characters is critically important to comprehending literature. Therefore, it’s crucial to take some time to help students understand just what they ought to be up to when they are working to understand characters. We need to work diligently to help students stray from focusing just on surface features of characters and dig deeper and connect to the roots of the character’s character. We also need to get students to focus not just on momentary states the character is going through, but more on the traits that character has. This activity is designed to help students really connect with a character, and through that connection hopefully develop a deeper level of understanding of not just characters, but people in the world.
GOALS: Help students understand the different kinds of qualities that we value in the world today, and to use those qualities as guidelines when learning about their character as they read.
Provide students with the opportunity to think about and understand that some qualities of a person’s character are more important than others, and those qualities help us to truly understand people.
To understand that their needs to be continuous evidence that supports a character’s characteristic and not just a one-time event.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS
RL.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RL 6.3 Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
RL.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
RL.6.6 Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
W.6.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
W.6.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.6.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.