Lesson: Physical Traits
Edward W. Brooke Charter School
Grade Three Unit 4: Characters
4.18- Reading Lesson Plan
Point: Readers use patterns of thoughts, words, and actions to decide on a character’s traits. Traits describe how a person is most of the time. Characters can be described by their physical traits too.
Connection: A character’s feelings can change often and will definitely change many times throughout a book. We learned to identify character’s feelings by noticing their thoughts, words, and actions. Sometimes a character thinks, says, or does certain things multiple times. When we notice patterns of thoughts, words, and actions, we can identify a character’s traits.
Traits describe how a person is most of the time. Traits are very hard to change. Traits can explain who a character is as a person, not just how they feel at one moment.
People have many physical traits. You determine physical traits by observing what a person looks like. You can use words and photographs to help determine physical traits. Physical traits can change.
Today we are going to read a biography called Jesse Owens.
Read through page 13. Stop and model finding some of Jesse Owen’s physical traits using words and photographs. You can also discuss his personality traits. Then continue reading…
Jesse Owen’s physical traits:
- Thin and sickly as a boy
- African American
Students turn and talk to discuss more of Jesse’s physical traits. Find evidence in words and photographs to support the trait.
Students share out what other physical traits (or personality traits) they found for Jesse Owens.
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