Lesson: Character Traits - Major Characters

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to analyze the characters of and provide evidence to these traits in order to better understand the story.

Lesson Plan

Objective:  Students will be able to analyze the characters of and provide evidence to these traits in order to better understand the story.

Lesson Plan

Standard/Code/Name:  Character Traits

Do Now:    Read Chapters 1 & 2 and on post-it notes, identify important details (keep these inside the book)

Opening:  In your reading of the first couple of chapters of “The Secret Zoo” we have been introduced to a key character.  Who is that character?  (Hopefully the students say Noah).  I know that you have done lessons on character traits before, but this is going to be a bit different!  I am going to give you the character traits AND their definitions.  You get to pick from this list, but you have to provide the evidence, something that is a little harder, but helps you to understand the trait a lot better.  In doing so, you have to be a bit of a lawyer and argue your case with each of your character traits; you have to prove it to be true with evidence from the story.

Let me show you what I mean:

Direct Instruction (I DO):  

·        Read “Stellaluna” for the class

·        Choose stopping points within the book that help to show how the authors gives hints to character traits – Actions, Thoughts, Feelings, Words

·        Note these things

·        “Now that I have all these occurrences that involved Stellaluna, it is my job to think a little more critically about the character.  I have to assign the character a trait based on the actions (things the character does), thoughts, feelings, and words (what the character says throughout the story).

·        Model using the Graphic Organizer (see attached file).

·        Choose a character trait from the list provided (see attached files)

·        “Looking at these various occurrences, I think it is appropriate to say that Stellaluna is a __respectful______ character. 

·        WE HAVE TO PROVIDE OUR OWN EVIDENCE!!!  Just I like I stated above, I now have to prove to everyone else in the room, why I think that Stellaluna possesses respectfulness.  This evidence comes from the story.

·        To provide this evidence, I have to GO BACK in the story!  I have to find times when I thought that Stellaluna is respectful.

o       Highlight a few instances when Stellaluna is respectful the book.

o       Make sure to think out load and explain why a particular instance shows respect.

o       Write your evidence on the back of the graphic organizer.

Guided Practice (WE DO):

·        Hand out “Common Character Traits” and have a discussion with students about the various traits they see.

·        What are some traits that you are struggling with? 

o       Name the traits, and provide a definition on chart paper

o       Have definitions ready for students for the ones that are typically the ones that students struggle with.

·        After “character trait discussion students should get their books out

·        Student and teacher will fill out Graphic Organizer for NOAH.

·        Students should be able to come up with a list of character traits that Noah can fit into.

·        Use Turn-and-Talk to get students to discuss the traits that work best for Noah.

Independent Practice (YOU DO): 

·        Students should take their graphic organizer sheet and choose the character trait that they think best fits Noah’s character (from the list generated by the class).

·        On the back of the Graphic Organizer, students should provide evidence for their choice.

Closing Discussion: 

  • Students should bring their evidence back to the group and prove their Character Trait “case” for Noah.

***MAYBE SET THIS UP LIKE A DEBATE FOR COURT HOUSE AND HAVE STUDENTS PRESENT THEIR CASES TO THE JUDGE (teacher) and JURY (other group) AND DECIDE IF THE GROUP IS RIGHT IN THEIR ARGUMENT OR NEEDS TO PROVIDE STRONGER EVIDENCE.

Homework:  Read Chapters 3 & 4 (using post-its, record details) and answer questions.  (see attached file)

Lesson Resources

Lesson 33 Common Char Traits   Notes
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Lesson 33 CharacterTraitsGrOrg    Classwork
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Lesson 33   Lesson Plan
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Lesson 33 Homework   Homework
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