Lesson Plan

Characters and Settings

In this lesson, your students will identify adjectives in noun phrases and understand how noun phrases are used to describe characters and settings in fictional texts. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or as support to Tell Me More.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Tell Me More: Characters, Settings, and Events lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Tell Me More: Characters, Settings, and Events lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to select and describe characters, settings, and events in detail using specific examples.

Language

Students will be able to identify noun phrases with adjectives to determine whether they describe a character or a setting using phrase banks and strategic partnering.

Introduction

(4 minutes)
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  • Read the language objective aloud in student-friendly language (e.g., "I will identify noun phrases with adjectives to determine whether they describe a character or a setting using phrase banks and partner work.") and ask students to repeat it to a table partner. Emphasize that students will be identifying adjectives in noun phrases that describe characters and settings in fictional texts.
  • Remind students that adjectives are words that describe nouns. Inform students that nouns are people, places, or things. Provide a few simple examples and ask students to think of more (e.g., red book, six cups, nice boy). Record these on a chart paper with a T-chart titled "Adjectives" on one side and "Nouns" on the other.