This flip book, based on The Watson's Go To Birmingham 1963, will encourage students to think about the elements of characterization using STEAL (Speech, Thoughts, Effect on Others, Actions and Looks). Six characters are represented, along with 1 optional extension page. I have also created an editable scoring rubric to assist with grading that can also be used for peer editing. The descriptive writing element in this activity weaves through anchor standards for Common Core and also meets guidelines for the UDL (Universal Design for Learning.) I have included these in an editable format that can be copied and pasted into a lesson plan. Students can be creative with their pages and will enjoy fusing art with literature.
As an additional activity, students have a character chart that asks them to view the character through the lens of Growth Mindset by considering how the character grows through the story, faces challenges, overcomes problems, learns and improves and how he or she impacts other characters.
6 Tabbed Character Pages for booklet or interactive notebook pages
1 Optional Extension Page to describe the Brown Bomber as a character (great pair/share activity)
Scoring Rubric in PDF and in editable Excel format
Growth Mindset Character Chart (subjective, not included in rubric)
Common Core Anchor and UDL Standards (Word File)
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The Watsons Go To Birmingham Sketch Notes
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