Lesson: Identify a Character's Feelings

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Lesson Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Teacher:  Strattner


Subject: Reading Comp

Class:  Louisville

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


SWBAT describe the way a character feels by using feeling words.


EXIT SLIP / Assessment of FIRM MASTERY of the Aims:



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


Intro: 2 min

I: 8 min

We: 10 min

You: 5 min




How Are You Peeling?: I

Knuffle Bunny: We

Julius, Baby of the World: You

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

1)  Turn to your partner and remind them how we have learned to describe or talk about characters. (SW TPS: We have learned to talk about the way characters look)

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


  • Scholars, today we are going to talk all about character feelings. Character feelings are the words we use to describe the way a character feels in certain situations.
  • TW read “How Are You Peeling?”
  • TW talk through the way you can tell the way someone is feeling in the story by the way their face looks etc.



Key Vocabulary 0-5 minutes, interwoven








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


  • TW select three feelings from the book (worried, excited, angry) and present them one by one.
  • SW TPS about when someone might feel this way.
  • TW select 3-4 scholars to share out about each emotion.


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


  1. Why would someone feel angry?
  2. How do you know they are angry?
  3. Why would someone feel worried?
  4. How do you know they are worried?
  5. Why would someone feel excited?
  6. How do you know they are excited?




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

What is a feeling word? (SW raise hands to provide answer: a feeling word is a word that describes the way a character feels in a certain situation)

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

15-25 minutes

  • TW read a few pages of Julius, Baby of the World.
  • SW spend 2 minutes thinking to themselves the way Lily is feeling.
  • TW circulate and ask Ss to explain the way Lily is feeling in the story.

7) Cumulative Review


T should ask Ss to explain the way a character is feeling in every read-aloud book they do.

8) Homework


Have scholars pick a character from their IR books and use a word to describe the way that character is feeling.


9) Exit Slip / Final Assessment of FIRM MASTERY of the Aim:  1-5 minutes

SW ID how Lily is feeling. TW check it off on a class checklist. 

Lesson Reflection

What went well?


Scholars were successful because they had exposure to different feeling words by reading How Are You Feeling?



What would you change?


Some scholars continued to use the words happy, sad. Did not use different words- If this is happening let them flip through the book and try and find at least 2 new feeling words that they can explain in their own words.   

What needs explanation?


Emphasize that feeling words don’t have to describe a character all of the time, but they describe a character in a particular situation.





Lesson Resources

Character Feelings LP 6   Lesson Plan


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