Have you ever come across a mentor text that literally covers five standards and you squeal with delight? Or am I the only crazy person that gets excited about these types of things?!
After reading Verdi by Janell Cannon with my students, I just couldn’t contain myself!
Click HERE to check out part two: Comparing and Contrasting Two or more Characters in a Text.
Each year, studying characters is one of my favorite units to teach, and this year is no different. You can see my two other big character blog posts I wrote last year HERE and HERE.
The reason I love teaching characters so much is because of all of the wonderful characters out there that my students can connect with. Whether it’s Katniss Everdeen, Percy Jackson, or the unique August Pullman from R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, the characters, in my opinion, keep my students coming back for more!
When studying characters, it’s important that students understand that we’re talking about what character is, not who some characters are. If I ask my students who the characters are in the books they are reading, most of them can probably name them. For instance, they know that August Pullman is the main character in Wonder.
But, character development is more than that.
I went back and re-read some important pages from Verdi and picked out pages where the author used dialogue to show the characters’ personality traits.
Students worked with me to fill out their own graphic organizers for the dialogue portion, but it was up to them to do the inferring.
I gave students about four minutes to write down their own inferences, and I walked the room to glance over their shoulders and help students that needed some re-teaching.
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Do you need more passages to help you teach character analysis? Check out my Characters: Differentiated Reading Passages and Questions resource. I provide teachers with 10 differentiated character reading passages. Each passage has five short answer questions for students to analyze characters. Click HERE or the button below to check them out. If you download the preview, you can see the entire resource.
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Thanks for reading!