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Students view The Gift of All, a Community of Givers. In this philanthropic lesson, students discuss the gifts of philanthropists they've seen. Students research and write a two page paper with four bullet points. Students include a metaphor or journal reflection about the community and giving.
Students create a notebook to record specific events while reading Rachel's Journal. For this reading and record notes lesson, students work in groups to design six slides with assigned information. Students keep paper and pencil versions before creating slides. Students use peer editing to review their slides.
Connect to real-world experiences by having your primary learners create an award certificate based upon literal and inferential information from a story. They present the award to a character from a story and explain the criteria used. They include a title and decorate the award in a neat and attractive manner. They will need to connect to main ideas, plot, details, and comprehension of the text as they recall character traits. Increase awareness of integrity and virtues to be emulated.
Can learning more about an author help you understand his or her writing? Help your students become better readers by studying great writers, such as Patricia Polacco, in this lesson about author's purpose. Use Polacco's website to "introduce" her to your students, and work with them on a variety of reading and writing activities to reinforce the concept of author's purpose.
Students explore the character trait of self-discipline using the book Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. They listen to the story, and discuss the conflict resolution techniques of retreat, rethink, and react. Students then write a letter to Lilly about using the Three R strategy for dealing with anger.
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.
Bring Edgar Allan Poe's spooky story to life! After reading the short story "The Tell-Tale Heart," middle and high schoolers identify the theme, character traits, irony, and other story concepts. During pre-reading, they take notes, underline key passages, and circle unknown words. They finish by writing a three-page reaction and review of the story.
Students complete a character analysis activity for Anne Frank. In this character analysis lesson plan, students describe five character traits for a character from Anne Frank. Students write a five paragraph essay using three character traits to create a description of a main character. Students fill out a KWL chart for the lesson plan as well.
Here is a fun resource that your kids will love. While reading the book Because of Winn-Dixie, they analyze the story's main characters by creating an online scrapbook. The purpose is to have them identify character traits and use textual evidence to support their ideas. The step-by-step process, extensions, and activity links are included.
Through this exercise, high schoolers identify character traits present in Romeo and Juliet. They listen to an excerpt from "The Office of Christian Parents: Showing How Children Are to be Governed" and participate in a Socratic discussion about how the "Romeo and Juliet" character traits support a "nature" or "nurture" viewpoint.
Young historians identify Harriet Tubman, her character traits, and role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. They create an escape map using map legends and the Cardinal directions. This plan utilizes one of my favorite video resources; The Reading Rainbow series! The author does a terrific job explaining how to implement this fine plan.