In our character essay, students are to select three character traits they feel represent their character through the book and show that the character is complex. Then through evidence prove that these traits paint an accurate portrait of their characters for their book club novels. We started today with some brain storming sessions. We've done so much background work in Reading Workshop with Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching's Interactive Character Analysis Posters plus many other activities! Wish I would have remember to get a photo with all the post-its attached! But I do love these posters! The kids LOVED them too!!!
Just like a regular essay, students will form an opinion based thesis for this essay. Students will create a thesis that focuses on explaining the character in their novels. For this piece, they need to have summarized events from the book, quotes from the text, and cite pages/chapters that support their opinion/thesis statement. Today, we reviewed how to find a page and a passage from the book that support our thinking, We also reviewed how to summarize an event from a novel using Rules as an example.
Character Trait Categories handout! This handout was great because they traits are group with easily recognizable synonyms - although some of the words are not as higher level as Joanne's this handout was great for differentiation and allowed kids to work independently without me having to explain "scrupulous." The back of the handout also had sentence starters for kids who needed help getting started with their evidence statements. We modeled this in class and let our students take their own notes but students needed to use our model or the handout could use it if they needed it.
Students are looking back in books to find evidence!
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