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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.
Eighth graders read myths and fables to determine the common character traits of the main characters. They use graphic organizers to organize the traits while working in small groups. They design slideshow presentations and newsletters based on the comparison of the traits of two characters.
Students examine and identify their own positive character traits and friendship skills and how to make new friends. They discuss the importance of friendship, listen to the book "The 329th Friend," and create an invitation for a new potential friend to eat lunch with them.
Third graders, after reading a one-page biographical essay, write in paragraph form how an African American has demonstrated a certain character trait.
Students fill out a character trait graphic organizer about characters in a book that they are reading. In this characters lesson plan, students see how traits relate to character actions.
Students determine how to get to know a character by cluing in to the character's feelings. In this character trait activity, students participate in a whole group modeling session in which the teacher demonstrates how to determine character traits using story clues. They turn and talk to a partner about a new section of the story while identifying character traits.
Bring parents into your study of The Cay by Theodore Taylor. Each of the five activities included here incorporates parent input and participation. The activities focus on setting, characterization, and vocabulary. Graphic organizers and other related materials are included in the packet, as are instructions and rationale for each activity.
Learners create a bio-poem for themselves or characters in stories they have read. They explore common character traits.
Seventh graders move (via Cut and Paste Methods) text within the same document with 80% accuracy.
Students examine the literary terms "round character" and "characterization" through the play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare. They view and discuss examples of clip art, video, and comic strips, and describe the character traits. Students then watch the video "Exploring Shakespeare" and describe character changes in a series of comic strips.
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.
Students research an assigned person who exemplifies one or more of the following character traits: respect for others, empathy, perseverance, integrity, composure under pressure or responsibility. They assess how a person's choices and actions eventually reflect the true character of an individual through a collage.
Second graders discuss the personality traits of a character. In this character lesson, 2nd graders read Lilly's Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes and describe Lilly's personality based on her actions, feelings, and thoughts. The students independently write about the personality of another character.
Students explore the meaning of character and why positive character is important. They explain the difference between character and personality. Students determine the difference between right and wrong character. They explore the benefits that can come from maintaining a positive character as well as the consequences that come as a result of assuming a negative character.
With their teachers guidance students will use the story "Out of the Blue" to make character inferences. They use the Inspiration program to make a bubble map that shows the words from the text that lead them to a particular inference. This is a good way to help visual learners conceptualize the inference process.
Young scholars write a character sketch in five paragraphs about a character from a story they know. In this character lesson plan, students write about the character's traits, their opinion of them, their role in the story, and more.
In this character trait worksheet, students read about methods used to reveal traits and complete a chart, reading sentences and determining the trait described and the method used to portray it. Worksheet includes a word bank of character traits.
Designed for homeschoolers (but equally as effective for independent learners), this worksheet focuses on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Middle and high school readers summarize, define vocabulary, and answer questions about the chapters they have read. The worksheet includes several literary activities to extend learning. It also includes several online resources for the novel, though the rest of the activities are not specific to the book.
Students explore character traits by completing reading activities, KWL charts, worksheets, and artistic representations of those traits exhibited by Helen Keller and how her traits made her a memorable person.
Who were Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton? High schoolers examine the character traits of these historical figures and watch the video, The Duel. Hamilton vs. Burr: An Event that Changed History (available from PBS), to gain an understanding of the relationship between the two. Learners complete their investigation by crafting an essay in which they compare and contrast Burr and Hamilton. Modification: You may be able to use another media source in place of the video.