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Exploring and discovering what to do after high school graduation is a very real topic for 12th graders. They examine their own character traits, the traits commonly needed in specific careers, and what type of career best suits them personally. Four short activities, a worksheet, and a complete list of career clusters are included.
Combining art, music, dance, and reading comprehension, this instructional activity is geared to reach all ability levels. After reading a variety of fables and discussing story elements and character traits, class members select a moral to use as the basis of their own fable about two characters, one with foibles and one without. Your fabulists then collaborate on a class mural, a music composition, and a dance which reflect the traits of characters in their stories. Document it all on a class website.
Sixth graders explore details from a story to develop ideas and opinions about character traits. Using a Smart Board, 6th graders create a chart explaining the character's action and traits. In groups, students discuss and describe actions and identify traits from specific characters.
Students read Holes, by Louis Sachar. In this character focused lesson, students use a chart to fill out the character traits of a person in the book and come up with proof of those traits. They complete one chart on a character as a class and then work independently on different characters from the book. This lesson includes the chart worksheet for this activity.
Lensey Namioka’s Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear provides an opportunity for young readers to observe how writers bring their characters to life. Each class member selects a character to trace through the novel, recording character traits and finding examples to show how these distinctive features are revealed.
Some of what we know about a character is directly stated. Some of what we know is inferred by events in the story. Character maps help primary learners recognize the difference. After modeling with a story your class has read, pupils choose a character from one of their favorite books and use the maps to record and analyze traits. A character map template is available from Microsoft Visio.
Using a three-column chart labeled "Character," "Action," and "Trait," pupils analyze the traits of several characters from a short story. The lesson is designed for a SMART board, but a teacher could easily do the lesson without the technology. A homework assignment prompts learners to write a paragraph about one character from the chart, using details from the story for support.
What do a character's thoughts, words, and actions tell the reader? The video, which is based on "The Story of Arachne, Nature's Weaver," examines the thoughts, words, and actions of Arachne. The narrator clearly models how to take information from the text and translate it into character traits and more complex analysis. Also included are two additional texts for practice and assessment, slides of the video, printable worksheets, a read-aloud and copy of the focus story, and narrator commentary.
Do your sixth graders struggle with identifying character traits in short stories? Use a video about "Saved by a Seal" to show them how to use evidence within the text to make inferences about characterization. The video is the fifth in an eight-video series about reading literature, making it a good resource for your literature and short story unit.
Second graders discuss and identify characters and character traits. They generate a class list of words that describe character qualities, and discuss these qualities in relation to the story "The Three Little Pigs." Students create a hanging mobile illustrating characters and their qualities.
Here is a lesson which is "flexible," and can operate as an individual or whole class activity. After reading a book of their choosing, with the use of a semantic map, learners identify character traits. They infer how their feelings towards the main character of the story changed throughout their reading. Finally they create a character Bio Poem. Incorporate these activities into any story you read.
Exploring character traits is a fascinating process. First, read Song of the Trees, by Mildred Taylor, and then utilize technology to determine the character traits of the main characters from the story. The Microsoft Word files needed to complete the lesson are embedded in the plan. These files take small groups through the process of creating a cause and effect map for each character.
In this character traits lesson, learners define responsibility, dependability, punctuality, honesty, and effort as they read Mr. Griggs' Work. Readers brainstorm how these characteristics are important to a career. Group your pupils together to find examples from the story where each of the previous character traits are present.