Lesson Plan

Verbs that Show Character Action

Use this lesson to teach your students how to identify character actions with verbs. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Look for the Clues* lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Look for the Clueslesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Look for the Clueslesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to predict characters' actions using clues and evidence from the text.

Language

Students will be able to identify character actions with verbs using a graphic organizer.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
Teach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceLooking at Character ActionsPoint Out the Action VerbsVocabulary Cards: Verbs that Show Character ActionGlossary: Verbs that Show Character Action
  • Have students take out their whiteboard and whiteboard markers. Tell them that you will act out a few situations and they will write down one word to describe what is going on.
  • Act out a situation without talking (e.g., looking for something frantically, dropping a book, bumping your head) and ask students to write the word down. Then, discuss as a class and record a single verb to describe the situation.
  • Continue the process of acting out a situation and having students share one word to describe what was going on.
  • Explain to students that they just focused on the action in those situations, and they will do the same as readers during this lesson.