Reflection: Rigor Characters and Their Traits Day 2 of 3 - Section 5: Word Study: Analyzing the Word Boasting


I know the explanation of the process is long and in the beginning it does take awhile to get through all the different parts. I stick with this process year after year because it works to help students become aware of the composition of words. My students will not look closely at words without direct instruction. And, in looking closer at words, I have seen how it helps my students to read multi-syllablic words because they begin to hone in on the smaller words within.

I use this process once a week and I choose a word that is going to help them conceptually understand a story we are reading and a word that is going to help me build the skills I have listed on the template. In downloading this template, I would ask you to add a box where the students can write the root word.

What I find rich about this process is the conversation about the different components such as: part of speech, using a dictionary, synonyms, antonyms, using the thesaurus, using it in a sentence, illustrating the word and etc. Here are three examples:




While their similar appearance may make some label this activity as boring and insignificant, for my students repetition is vital. And in looking at the 5th example, one can see the student's illustration clearly shows understanding of the word.

Additionally, once the students get comfortable with this process, it can be given for them to work in a small group and independently during other times of the day.

I don't have a set day of the week that I incorporate it, I use it as I see fit given what are are learning and doing.

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Characters and Their Traits Day 2 of 3

Unit 5: Charlotte's Web: A Chapter Book Study
Lesson 10 of 27

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions to understand key details about characters.

Big Idea: To know Wilbur is to love him.

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