Lesson Plan:

Mad, Sad, Happy, Glad: Character Feelings

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August 7, 2015
by Linda F. McGrue

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify character traits and feelings by using a variety of words.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Gather the students in the reading circle.
  • Tell them today, they will learn about how characters feel (their character traits), act, or look to help them understand a story more clearly.
  • Read aloud the story No, David!

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Divide a sheet of chart paper into three sections.
  • Write each of these words in one section: glad/happy, sad, mad.
  • Explain to the students that together, you will brainstorm more words to describe feelings besides the words listed on the chart. For example: angry, excited, and unhappy.
  • After brainstorming, read the lists to the students.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Write this prompt on chart paper: David felt ___ when he ___.
  • Encourage students to tell you how David felt in a certain situation.
  • Fill in the blanks on the chart paper.
  • Continue with at least three more fill-in-the-blanks. Remind the students to choose a word from the word list.
  • Go back and read the sentences with the students.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Send the students back to their seat with sentence strips.
  • Write this prompt on a sheet of chart paper: I felt ___ when I ___.
  • Let the students copy the prompt onto their sentence strips. Circulate the room to make sure the students have their blanks in the appropriate places.
  • Tell the students to think of a time and how they felt at that time. Have them use words from the brainstormed list to fill in the blanks.



  • Enrichment: Advanced students can copy the prompt in their language journals and write a short story of the incident and the feelings they had.
  • Support: Struggling students can dictate their sentences to you. Write each one on a sticky note and let them copy it.


Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Let the students read their sentences. Highlight the alternative words they chose to use.
  • Check to be sure the words they chose reflect the appropriate feelings.
  • Leave the brainstorm sheet up for those students who need additional help.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Go back to the sentences on the chart paper. Read them.
  • Read the brainstorm word list.

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