Lesson: Choose A Trait for A Character
Have students in their notebooks, on a post it, or on a sheet of paper answer the question: If you could use one word to describe yourself what would it be and why?
Teaching Point: Good readers use strong character trait to describe a character and state why they are describing that character that way
Connection: when we think of characters we can think of so many things about them. What they are doing, what kind of character they are, what their role is in a story, what part of the story they so importantly or unimportantly play. But sometimes we might just want to focus on one important thing about a character like how we would describe a character. How we describe a character is by giving that character a trait..
Provide the students with a premade list of character trait words or come up with a list as a class of words that you can come up with to describe characters. Then use the list each day when your kids are referring to or describing characters.
Using a short story with strong character traits. Model how you can determine a trait for a character by thinking of that character and then creating a list of words that would describe that character, then choose the best word and come up with a sentence the explains why you chose the word that you chose.
Model using a template just like the one kids will do on their own:
Reasoning for choosing trait:
Students use their just right books or a read aloud book to go through and identify why they would chose a certain trait for a character and explain that trait.
Pick a character that you've read a lot about and identify 5 traits of that character.
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