Lesson Plan

Using Evidence to Analyze a Character

Your students will love learning all about the playful characters in a classic read-aloud text while digging into what makes characters unique. Use as a stand-alone or support lesson for the How to Analyze a Character lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the How to Analyze a Character lesson plan.

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Academic

Students will be able to use evidence to describe the traits of fictional characters.

Language

Students will be able to use evidence to analyze a character using written supports.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Write up a short list of words on a classroom anchor chart labeled "Traits" to describe a person (focusing on traits such as confident, friendly, funny, smart, kind, generous, determined, patient, brave, etc.) and read the list of words aloud to the class.
  • Tell the students that all of these words are called "traits" and can be used to describe someone. Say, "One of the ways we can describe a person or a character from a story is by using words to tell how they behave or look. A trait is what makes them unique or special."
  • Explain that today they will get to practice identifying the traits of people and characters.