Lesson: Sheila Rae the Brave

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Lesson Objective

SWBAT describe a character using a trait word BY thinking about what the character says AND what the character does.

Lesson Plan

Aims: 

  • SWBAT describe a character with a trait word by thinking about what the character says and does.

 

Agenda:

  • Focus the Learning:
    • Hook:  I want to tell you a story about a character named Frank.  Frank and his sister were at the beach.  Frank’s sister decided to go swimming.  “Come in the water Frank, its really warm!”  “No Way!  You know I’m afraid of the ocean!  You can’t see the bottom!” he yelled back.  So Frank watched his sister swim and play while he sat on the shore.  His sister was diving under the water and popping back up, diving under, popping back up.  Suddenly, Frank didn’t see his sister come up after diving in.  He panicked.  “ok, what do I do?” he thought.  Frank looked around, but there was no one else anywhere close by.  He looked out at the water again, his sister still had not come up.  Frank started running to the water.  “I have to go in and get her, no matter how scared I am,” Frank said to himself.  Frank plunged into the water. “Swim, keep swimming!” he told himself.  Finally Frank made it all the way to his sister.  He pulled her up from the water and swam her in close enough so that his feet could feel the ground.  His sister was coughing and spitting up water for what seemed like forever.  “You’re safe,” he said.  His sister looked at him, “Frank you went in the water to save me even though you’re scared of the ocean?!  That was so brave!”

 

  • Build Background:  The things a character says and the things a character does tell us a lot about the kind of person a character is.
    • Analyze the story from the hook:
      • What did Frank say?
      • What did Frank do?
      • What does this tell us about the kind of person Frank is?
        • Frank is brave.  I know this because he says I have to go in to get her, no matter how scared I am AND he saves his sister.­­­­­­­
  • Intro to New Material: 
    • Introduce the character trait:
      • Frank was a brave kind of person.  (reveal on character trait poster)  People who are brave are (name the qualities of this kind of person).
      • Connect to prior knowledge:
        • I am thinking of other characters we know who are brave . Remember, someone who is brave is (review qualities).
        • One character I know who is brave is Mr. Fish from the story the Pout Pout fish in the Big, Big Dark.  I know this because he (review qualities).
        • Raise your hand if you can think of another character who is brave.
          • Have S share out.  Reinforce TQ sentence frame.
  • Setting the Purpose: 
    • Today, we’re going to read a story about another character who is brave .As we are reading, think about what the character says and does that show us she is a brave kind of person.  At the end, we will talk about how what the character says/did showed us a lot about the kind of person she was, and how, as great readers, we figured these things out.
  • Preview Story:  Today we are reading about a brave girl in the story Sheila Rae the Brave written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes.  Let’s read to see what happens and why the character needs to be brave.
  • Preview Vocab:  None
  • Interactive Read Aloud
    • Read through to “dog at the end of the block.”
      • Hmmm.  I’m thinking about the things the character said and the things the character did that tell us what kind of person she is.  When I look at the details in the picture, I notice that Sheila sleeps through the thunder and lightening and is trying to get her toy back from the dog.  While she is doing these things she looks confident; she doesn’t look worried at all.  When I think about the author’s words, I notice that it says Sheila wasn’t afraid.  I’m going to add these things to our list of what the character says and does to help us see how the these things tell us about the kind of person he/she is.
        • Add to chart.
      • Turn and Talk:
        • How did I figure out what the character said and did?
          • I looked at the details in the pictures and thought about the author’s words to figure out what Sheila did and said.
        • What do these things tell us about Sheila?
          • The things the character said and did tell us a lot about the kind of person the character is.  Sheila is brave. We know this because she sleeps through thunder and lightning AND and tries to get her toy back from the dog. (SHE HASN”T SAID ANYTHING YET).
  • Read through to “you’re too brave for me,” said Louise.
    • Turn and Talk: 
      • What did Sheila say?
      • What did Sheila do?
      • What does this tell us about the kind of person Sheila is?
        • Sheila is brave. We know this because she says she is going to walk home a new way AND she does things like ride her bike with no hands without being afraid of getting hurt.
  • Read through “She crossed streets.”
    • Turn and Talk: 
      • What did Sheila say?
      • What did Sheila do?
      • What does this tell us about the kind of person Sheila is?
        • Sheila is brave. We know this because she crosses streets AND growls at stray dogs.  (she doesn’t say anything here).
  • Read through Sheila Rae walked quietly behind her.

“Whoa, Whoa, Whoa!  Wait just a minute.  I’m noticing something about Sheila Ra.  I’m noticing that she is

a brave kind of person MOST of the time, but there are still some things that scare her-like being lost. 

Sheila Rae is a brave kind of person, but right now we’re learning that SOMEONE ELSE is brave too.

 

Who else is brave?

  • What did Louise say?
  • What did Louise do?
  • What does this tell us about the kind of person Louise is?
    • Louise is brave. We know this because she says “I know how to get home” AND she leads Sheila back home snapping trees, crossing streets and growling at dogs.
    • End of story reflection:
      • Character traits are words that describe the kind of person a character is – what the character is like.
        • Quick CFU:  How can we figure out what kind of person a character is?
          • The things a character says and the things a character does tell us a lot about the kind of person the character is.
  • Today, we talked about characters who are brave
    • Turn and Talk:
      • What is a brave kind of person like? 
      • What kinds of things do brave people say? 
      • What kinds of things do brave people do?
      • How is a Sheila Brave kind of person.?  How is Louise a brave kind of person?[MW2] 
        • Sheila is brave.  I know because she says she isn’t scared of anything AND she tries to get her toy back from the dog.
        • Louise is brave.  I know because she says she knows how to get home AND she gets them home safe and sound when Sheila thinks they are lost.

 Close:

  • Brave characters are (review qualities).  Today and every day, think about the things a character does and says and what that tells us about the kind of person they are.  Maybe you will meet more characters who are brave just like Louise.

 [MW1]Start this Turn and Talk with a little intro:

 

Whoa, whoa, whoa!  Wait a second.  I’m noticing something about Sheila Rae.  I’m noticing that she is a brave kind of person MOST of the time, but there are still some things that scare her – like being lost.  Sheila Rae is a brave kind of person, but right now, we’re learning that SOMEONE ELSE is brave, too.

 

Who else is brave?

 

Then start the Turn and Talks.

 [MW2]I would ask about both girls.

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