Using Clarification to Compare and Contrast Characters

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Objective

SWBAT describe characters by comparing and contrasting how their actions contribute to the sequence of events in stories.

Big Idea

Students will recognize the relationship between characters actions and the sequence of events in a story.

Hook

10 minutes

During this section, I have students continue as a group to clarify what they are reading in order to compare and contrast the rest of the story. Students pick up where I left off and continue to complete the comparison chart. I remind students to actively read and go back in the story to clarify anything about the two stories that may be confusing or hard to understand. While students work, I circulate the room to work with each group.

 

Modeling

10 minutes

Students have read the story and were asked to take notes in their readers notebook in reference to the focus questions. Now I talk to students about what they will be doing in this portion of the lesson. During this section of the lesson, I talk about using graphic organizers to help us organize our thoughts and get a better understanding of the plot of a story. To model for students, I used an online character comparison chart from Scholastic that we were able to type into. We began by focusing on the kids who were present in both stories. We talked about the differences and similarities between their actions in each story. The character comparison chart can be used online and then printed but it can't be saved, so as we talked about the comparisons, I listed students' responses on the chart via my Smartboard so students could see. To drive the discussion, I used the focus questions students used during their reading. 

Guided Practice

15 minutes

During this section, I have students continue as a group to clarify what they are reading in order to compare and contrast the rest of the story. Students pick up where I left off and continue to complete the comparison chart. I remind students to actively read and go back in the story to clarify anything about the two stories that may be confusing or hard to understand. While students work, I circulate the room to work with each group.

 

Wrap Up

10 minutes

I begin the wrap up by asking students how the characters drove the events in each story. Students began to explain how the children's behavior in Miss Nelson is Missing caused Miss Nelson to come back to school as Viola Swamp. Students talked about how the students in Miss Nelson is Back also misbehaved which made Miss Nelson come back to school as Viola Swamp. Students also talked about how the principal could not get the students to behave in either story and how he was confused in both stories. We talked about how the students actions caused certain events in the story to happen. In our discussion, we also talked about how Miss Nelson and Miss Swamp's characters had very similar actions in the two stories. To end the lesson, I talked about using clarification. I first asked students to tell me some ways we clarify as we read. I then ask students to give me some examples of when they clarified information as they were reading and why. I also asked students to tell me what they did to clarify. We ended with each group sharing their Character Comparison Chart.