Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding You Are What You Say - Section 2: Independent Practice


The first few pages of the story shows Caleb asking several questions. However, the individual questions do not reveal much about his personality. One student introduced the notion that all those questions could mean that he is curious. There were nods from students all around. I was worried that students would get stuck trying to analyze each question in order to assign a character trait and was prepared to step in to help them over that hurdle. Turns out I didn't need to. They figured it out on their own! 

I did have to tell them they did not have to write every single question he asked. They needed to leave room for other things he might say that would show he is curious.

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You Are What You Say

Unit 2: Sarah, Plain and Tall
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT determine a character's traits by analyzing dialogue and dialogue tags.

Big Idea: Students use what a character says and how they say it to determine their traits.

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