Lesson: Identifying Characters - Chapters 8-10

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Lesson Objective

Student will be able to identify characters in "The Secret Zoo" and how they influence the story and how they are related to each other.

Lesson Plan

Objective:  Student will be able to identify characters in "The Secret Zoo" and how they influence the story and how they are related to each other.

Lesson Plan

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Do Now (10 minutes):  Why do you think Noah has a hard time telling Ella and Richie about the messages from the animals at the zoo?  Why does he decide that he needs their help and “cannot do this alone”?

Students should turn and talk with their table groups or with two other people next them.

Write a short diary entry as Noah describing your decision to ask for help from the other Action Scouts.  (see attached file)

Opening (15 minutes):  So far, in our reading we have met some pretty interesting character in “The Secret Zoo”.  Today our focus is going to be identifying those old and new characters and figuring out the relationship that they have with each other.  This relationship that characters have with each other can be good, bad, or prove to be nothing at all, but in a story a relationship leads to the characters causing things to happen and effects each in various ways.  We are going to start to explore this today.

Direct Instruction (I DO):

Not infrequency, readers are surprised to encounter a character who seems new to a story they are reading.  Actually, the character was introduced earlier and should be familiar by now.  Naturally, confusion results and comprehension suffers.  I’m going to show you how to do this with the well-known fairy tale of “Cinderella”.

As you already know, the main character is the most important character in the story- the character which the story revolves.  The way that you can identify the main character of a story is thinking:

·        The one in the story that is in it more than the others

·        The problem centers around this character

·        Part of the solution in the story

·        The person/character the story is mainly about

As I think about the fairy tale of Cinderella;

I need to think about is, who is the character that is in the story more than others:  Cinderella

The problem is the story is:  Cinderella is being treated badly by her step family and wants the chance to meet the prince and stop being the step-family’s servant girl.

The solution of the story includes Cinderella:  she goes to the ball and leaves her glass slipper; the prince finds the slipper and finds Cinderella.

The story is mostly about: Cinderella

Because I have thought about all these factors, I can conclude that Cinderella is the main character of the story.

**In some cases it will not be this simple, explain that students will have to go through these steps and really think about the characters and the story with other stories they come across.**

Because the main character is Cinderella I’m going to put her in the middle of my graphic organizer (see attached file). 

Minor character, or the characters that support the main character, are also going into this organizer.  Stories usually have one or more additional characters beside the main one.  These minor characters have several roles:

  • They help move the story’s plot.

  • Help readers understand the main character better.

  • Provide the problem.

  • Help in attaining the solution.

  • Help to set up the story.

We now need to put our minor characters into our graphic organizer.

Model putting the characters and a small sketch of these in the graphic organizer. (see attached file)

**Have a small discussion about what a simple sketch is, making sure that they don’t spend the entire class period on one sketch….stick figures are perfectly fine**

Discuss how all these characters serve the role listed above.

Guided Practice (WE DO):

Hand out blank graphic organizer to students and explain that they will be doing the same thing for “The Secret Zoo”.  (see attached file)

Just like I did with the Cinderella story, I want you to do the same with “The Secret Zoo”

WHO IS THE MAIN CHARACTER? 

Have a discussion use the talking point from above.  Have students put this character (Noah) into their graphic organizer.

Who are the minor characters that we know of so far?  Remember those are the characters that:

  • They help move the story’s plot.

  • Help readers understand the main character better.

  • Provide the problem.

  • Help in attaining the solution.

  • Help to set up the story.

Discuss with the class all the possible minor characters so far.  Have students turn and talk with other students in the class and try and come up with a list of all the minor characters.

Come back and share student lists and begin inserting this names and simple sketches into their graphic organizer.

Discuss a couple different roles the characters have in the story so far.

Closing:  You may have noticed that right now, our graphic organizer looks like a complete mess and there is no real organization to it at all.  That is okay, because tomorrow we are going to be concentrating on the relationships that these characters not only have with the main character, but relationships they have with each other.

Homework:  Read Chapters 8-10 and complete question sheet. (see attached file)

Lesson Resources

Lesson 37 Graphic Organizer Cinderella   Review
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Lesson 37 DO NOW   Starter / Do Now
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Lesson 37   Lesson Plan
277
Lesson 37 Homework   Homework
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Lesson 37 Graphic Organizer Blank   Activity
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