The Devil’s Arithmetic: Semantic Feature Analysis

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Organize the characters in Jane Yolen's The Devil's Arithmetic according to their shared character traits. After listing character traits as a class, kids note which characters exhibit particular characteristics with a discussion and graphic organizer.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use at any point in the novel during peak moments of climax or character turning points, or when you finish the novel
  • Have kids keep track of each character's development in a language arts binder or reading log
  • Develop the activity into an essay about a chosen character's development throughout the novel
Classroom Considerations

  • Instructions are a bit confusing and difficult to follow
  • The graphic organizer is blank, which might make it hard for kids to complete without modeling on the board

  • A straightforward way to assess basic understanding at the end of the unit

  • None
Common Core