Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Describe that Character! - Section 3: Guided Practice


This piece is an excellent piece to use for modeling direct and indirect character traits.  The students were able to identify direct traits very easily.  This was a relief due to the fact the previous activity used during the instruction of this lesson was so difficult for them to complete. 

The students identified that Harold was old and tired.  Both of those statements were direct.  The students then truly impressed me with their ability to identify many indirect traits based off of the text.  They identified Harold as being dependable-because his owners called him a "watchdog".  One student reasoned saying "In the story, Harold states that they have called him a watchdog many times.  This tells me that they trust him enough to leave him home to watch the dog." 

I was incredibly happy to hear the students breaking down the text for meaning.  This text lends itself very well to use for modeling or guided practice. 

In the future, with the right background knowledge, this piece of the lesson will blend well with the instruction. 

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Describe that Character!

Unit 2: Unit 1: Part II- Analyzing Text
Lesson 1 of 10

Objective: Students define and generate a list of character traits to build prior knowledge.

Big Idea: Using popular characters from movies, TV shows and books, students explore what makes their favorite characters so special and unique!

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