Lesson: Identify Character Physical Traits

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Lesson Objective

AIMS for the class (on the board before class starts): SWBAT describe the way a character looks by using physical trait words.

Lesson Plan

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Achievement First Lesson Planning Template (2-pager)          


Teacher:  Strattner


Subject: Reading Comp

Class:  Louisville

AIMS for the class (on the board before class starts):


SWBAT describe the way a character looks by using physical trait words.


EXIT SLIP / Assessment of FIRM MASTERY of the Aims:


Completed exit slip (see attached)

AGENDA with times for each item (on board before class starts):

Intro: 2 min

I: 8 min

We: 10 min

You: 5 min




Chart Paper

Olivia: I

Chrysanthemum: We

Knuffle Bunny Too: You

1) Quick Questions / Do Now (Cumulative Review and Geared for Quick Success) 3-5 minutes

1)  Who can remind the class what a character is? (SW raise hands to provide answer: a character is a person, animal or thing that the story is about.)

2) Students go over the AIMS and AGENDA for the class (on the board) 30 seconds to 1 minute

3) Mini-Lesson / Modeling (“I” or “I/We”) 5-15 minutes


  • TW remind Ss what a character is.
  • TW explain that today we will be learning to describe the way a character looks.
  • TW demonstrate using the character of Olivia.
  • TW write down words to describe the way Olivia looks.
  • TW reinforce that we are not going to be thinking about the way the character acts yet. We only want to focus on the way the character looks.

Key Vocabulary 0-5 minutes, interwoven














4) Guided Practice (“We”) 5-20 minutes


  • TW explain that SW be describing the character of Chrysanthemum.
  • TW have Ss TPS about ways to describe the way Chrysanthemum looks.
  • SW raise hands to share out and TW record ideas on chart paper.

Key questions to check for understanding during GP: (Level 1 and Level 2)


  1. Why are you choosing that word to describe Chrysanthemum?









5) Way to Check for Understanding before Independent Practice 1-3 minutes (proceed only if class masters)

TW feign ignorance and suggest a character trait instead of a physical trait. SW raise hands to correct teacher and explain why.

6) Independent (or pair / small group) Practice (“You”):

15-25 minutes

  • SW return to their desks and write down three words to describe the way the character Trixie (from Knuffle Bunny Too) looks.



7) Cumulative Review

T should ask Ss to go through RA books with a post-it and write down 3 physically descriptive words about that character.

8) Homework


Have scholars draw a picture and write a 1-3 sentence description of one of their favorite characters.


Lesson Reflection

What went well?


Scholars were successful because they had a picture right in front of them.



What would you change?


Some scholars struggled with using only physically descriptive words. T should provide a lot of character trait examples and have Ss explain why that won’t work (i.e. “Today we are only finding words to describe the way the person looked, not acted.)   

What needs explanation?


Emphasize physical traits…just the way the character LOOKs…nothing else yet.






Lesson Resources

Character Physical Traits LP 4   Lesson Plan


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