11 mini-lessons for UNDERSTANDING CHARACTERS (187 pages in Google Slides)
Use these lessons to help students understand characters on a deeper level. Understanding characters can be challenging for students, however these strategies will help students see characters through different lenses. Throughout these lessons students will look closely at what the characters say, think, and do which will help students to deepen their understanding of characters. This product includes the following 11 mini-lessons for UNDERSTANDING CHARACTERS and also gives visual examples of what student post-its (reflections) should look like at the upper elementary level. I find that by modeling explicitly what I would expect the reflective post-its to look like, students are able to record their thoughts and noticings while reading in a much deeper manner. These lessons also follow the I do, We do, You do template encourage gradual release.
NOTICE HOW CHARACTERS FEEL (Book: We Are Brother’s)
USING TEXT EVIDENCE TO BACK UP IDEAS ABOUT CHARACTERS (Book: Crow Call)
NOTICING WHEN CHARACTERS HAVE BEHAVIOR PATTERNS (Book: The Most Magnificent Thing)
EMPATHIZING WITH CHARACTERS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THEM (Book: Each Kindness)
USING BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE AND TEXT CLUES TO UNDERSTAND CHARACTERS (Book: Dancing in the Wings)
COMPARING CHARACTERS (Book: Mean Jean the Recess Queen)
ISSUES IN THE REAL WORLD (Book: A Chair for My Mother)
CHARACTERS AND THEIR LIFE ISSUES (Book: The Gardner)
WHAT MOTIVATES CHARACTERS? (Book: The Friend by Sarah Stewart)
DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES, DIFFERENT FEELINGS (Book: The Secret Garden)
UNDERSTANDING THE PERSPECTIVE OF DIFFERENT CHARACTERS (Multiple Books: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Jon Scieszka, Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel, Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian, and Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose.)
These slides are EDITABLE so you may use a book of your choice if you prefer! I find that teaching my lessons digitally (instead of simply writing on an anchor chart) allows my students to be more engaged, and I can include fun photos, videos in order to enhance the lessons, and can save my lessons from year to year! Enjoy these slides and if you have any questions please feel free to send me a message through TpT!
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