Reflection: Rigor What is your point of view? - Section 5: Graphic Organizer For Character Analysis


The students enjoyed this lesson. They were excited to choose their character and to think about how they were going to express the opinion, whether Wilbur should die or not. This was the easy part.

The challenging part was the research they had to do to support their character's point of view.

Therefore, I gave the students much support. I reminded them of what pages they needed read to find information that would support their opinion. While, I directed them to the pages they still had to find the information.

I had them research their character first before listing the reasons because I wanted to make sure they had a good understanding of why the character would choose to keep Wilbur alive or not.

As they researched, I realized they researched the character using a third person point of view, to not be confused with someone's expressing a point of view, and the opinion letter they will write tomorrow will be from a first person point of view. So in teaching this again, it would be a good idea to have them do this research from a first point of view. It's something to think about.

I feel my students did a good job in choosing character traits that depicted the character in how the author intended. For example, the student who chose Templeton writes he wouldn't care about Wilbur dying. Templeton only cares for himself and would kill a gosling if he could get away with it.

Another student writes about how Charlotte wants to keep Wilbur alive because she is Wilbur's best friend and loves him. The reason is simple but beautiful and profound. Fern, also, wants to keep Wilbur alive and gives good reasons.

Here are the rest of their expressed opinions whether to keep Wilbur alive or not:



Wilbur (And, yes, Wilbur get to advocate for himself!)

  Rigor: Researching the Character
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What is your point of view?

Unit 5: Charlotte's Web: A Chapter Book Study
Lesson 15 of 27

Objective: SWBAT choose a character from Charlotte's Web and use their understanding of the character to develop an opinion about whether Wilbur lives or not from their character's point of view.

Big Idea: Everybody has an opinion. Can you support yours with evidence?

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