In preparation for today's lesson, students should have read chapters 8 and 9 in E.B. White's book Stuart Little. (See the attached Powerpoint for discussion questions.) I explain to my students that a primary focus of today's lesson will be character analysis. I explain to them that character analysis if simply examining various aspects of a character. As we discuss chapters 8 and 9, I ask my students to pay close attention to the character traits of Stuart. I explain to them that a character is a fictional or make-believe person or animal in a story and character traits are ways of describing someone.
I explain to my scholars that character analysis is a way of thinking that involves asking questions and exploring ideas about a character. I explain to my scholars that "round" characters are characters that are complex and change over a period of time. "Flat" characters are characters that remain virtually the same throughout a story. I ask them to think about the main character, Stuart Little, and take 2-3 minutes to write how they would describe Stuart. Afterwards, I allow them to share as a whole group. Some students describe Stuart as friendly, loyal, and adventurous. Analyzing characters helps good readers to develop a better understanding of the characters and relate to them, as well. Students complete a character analysis graphic organizer in order to analyze Stuart in the book Stuart Little. (See attached graphic organizer.)
To close the lesson, students write a paragraph using the character analysis graphic organizer which describes Stuart and uses evidence from the text to justify their descriptions. In their character analysis paragraphs, my students make text to text, text to self, and text to world comparisons. They analyze Stuart as he relates to other characters in other texts. They compare his character traits to themselves. And, they compare his character traits to the world, as a whole.
Homework - Students read chapters 10 - 12 in the book Stuart Little by E.B. White.
Be sure to continue the unit with the next lesson - Stuart Little Book Study Chapters 10 to 12.