Lesson Plan

Characters Change Just Like We Do

Change is inevitable, even for story characters! In this lesson, your students will determine how a character changes throughout a story by focusing on the character’s dialogue and actions.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Evidence of Character Changes pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Evidence of Character Changes pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify character changes in a text using text evidence.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(5 minutes)
Reader's Response Sheet
  • Tell your class a personal story about a time you saw someone make a big change that was easily observed by her actions, or the things she did, and dialogue, or things she said. For example, share a story about a friend who was always scared to play kickball until getting extra coaching by a peer. It was clear there was a change because before the coaching, your friend would make excuses and start to sweat nervously when asked to play, and after the coaching, your smiling friend would invite others to play with her.
  • Tell students that, oftentimes, characters change just like real people do. Characters can act one way or believe one thing at the beginning of the story and transform into a different type of person at the end.
  • Explain that the way readers know if a character is changing is by reading closely to notice what the character says and/or does throughout the book. Readers should ask themselves: What is the character saying? What is the character doing? What do these details tell me about the character at different points in the story?

Beginning: Show and point to a picture book as you discuss reading it multiple times, flipping through the book to show they will read it over and over.