Lesson: Chapter 4 - Character Development

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to apply different learning techniques in regards to comprehension, character analysis, literary elements (character conflict, setting, plot, point of view), to make connections and reflections and to make inferences

Lesson Plan

Do Now:
Think of a time when you were singled out for being different.   How did it make you feel?   How were you treated?
(Teacher Says)
Today we will continue reading Ties That Bind, Ties That Break.  As we already know, this novel takes place in China.  What is the significance of the setting?  Give me some details from the text that help the reader feel like they are in China when reading this novel.

Direct Instruction:
Have students read in groups or independently while teacher pulls a small group of students.

Guided Practice

After reading chapter 4, the teacher will lead a class discussion based on the questions that will stimulate interesting and educational conversation about the book.

  • Discuss some changes that took place in Ailin's life.
  • Who are the new friends that Ailin makes in Chapter 4?   What impact do they have on her and how do you think they will affect her future?
  • What impact will grandmother's death have on the family?

Independent Practice
Students will write a Bio - Poem on one of the characters that they've been introduced to.

Besides Ailin, what other character begins to demonstrate a change in thinking, attitude or actions.

Lesson Resources

Ties That Bind Bio Poem   Activity


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