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Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III

Have you ever read a story and immediately began to compare the characters to those of your favorite story? In this lesson, students will learn to read context clues and descriptions in order to understand characters and compare them.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Character Comparisons pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Character Comparisons pre-lesson.

Students will be able to recognize character traits and use these traits to compare and contrast main characters.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Tell students to get out their workbooks and pencils and turn to page 9.
  • Explain to your students that today they are going to be determining character traits from context clues.
(10 minutes)
  • Read and complete pages 9 and 10 of the workbook with your class.
(10 minutes)
  • Instruct students to complete pages 11 and 12.
  • Walk around the classroom, observing and helping as needed.
(10 minutes)
  • Instruct students to complete pages 13 and 14 independently.


  • Students in need of support may work in small groups or one-on-one with the teacher. Students in need of support may create anchor charts to depict character traits for each character with the aid of a teacher.


  • Have advanced students create anchor charts for each character.
(5 minutes)
  • Grade pages 9–14 to check for student understanding.
(10 minutes)
  • Make sure that everyone has turned in their work.
  • Review with the students the differences and similarities evident in the main characters they read about.

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