Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III
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Students will be able to recognize character traits and use these traits to compare and contrast main characters.
- 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.
- Allow students to define character traits and context clues in groups in their home language (L1) or new language (L2).
- Access their background knowledge regarding context clues and character traits with a quick true or false survey categorizing character traits.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Read and complete pages 9 and 10 of the workbook with your class.
- Provide visuals to accompany the story or read through a picture book version of the story for context and vocabulary development.
- Bold the key terms in the text and provide a glossary with visuals for the terms.
- Preview the Alice and Wonderland text and give a brief summary about the overall topic or theme of the novel.
- Define the key terms from page 10 in the "Character Profile" section: "occupation," "enemies," "interests," "bores," "annoys."
- Rewrite the questions using simplified vocabulary words.
Guided Practice(10 minutes)
- Instruct students to complete pages 11 and 12.
- Walk around the classroom, observing and helping as needed.
- Define the following terms: "garden," "secret," "moor," "hearth," "embroidered," "housemaid."
- Provide examples of the terms in context and allow them to draw pictures to accompany the terms.
- Preview The Secret Garden text and give a brief summary about the overall topic or theme of the novel.
- Display a picture of a moor to gather background information about the story and the setting.
- Explain Martha's accent and how to read the words correctly. Make sure they understand the words she's using in the text.
Independent working time(10 minutes)
- Instruct students to complete pages 13 and 14 independently.
- Allow ELs to work in pairs to complete a Venn diagram with prewritten terms for Mary and Alice. Then, ask students to use sentence stems to say comparisons between the two characters.
- Allow students to use their L1 or L2 to say their comparisons using sentence stems and sentence frames.
- Allow students to read in pairs before rereading and answering the questions.
- Provide a simplified version of the text.
- 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.
- Grade pages 9–14 to check for student understanding.
- Ask students to complete a paragraph frame for their response about the importance of comparing answers.
- Ask students to share their answers in partners before writing their answer on a sticky note.
Review and closing(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.
- Allow ELs to share in their L1 or L2 with sentence starters.