Lesson Plan

Evidence of Character Changes

Create conversations about character changes! Use this lesson plan as a stand-alone lesson for practicing sequencing words in evidenced-based claims about a character, or before the Characters Change Just Like We Do lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Characters Change Just Like We Dolesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Characters Change Just Like We Dolesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

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

Language

Students will be able to identify and discuss character changes in a text with sequencing words using a graphic organizer.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
InterjectionsVocabulary Cards: Evidence of Character ChangesGlossary: Evidence of Character ChangesCharacter Changes OrderTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceGraphic Organizer Template: Language Frames for Character Changes
  • Project the Interjections worksheet and label the pictures one to four. Ask students to focus on the emotions each character feels in the picture.
  • Draw four boxes on the board. Gather background knowledge by distributing four sticky notes to each student and asking them to write how each character feels and the evidence they have for their choice. Tell them to place their sticky notes in the correct numbered box on the board.
  • Allow them to share their answers with their elbow partner and monitor their conversation to see who uses correct sentences and vocabulary to describe the character's emotions in the picture. Write their feeling words on the board as a list to add onto later.
  • Explain to students that today they will not only look at the pictures and text of a picture book to determine a character's feelings, but they will make claims about how the character changed throughout the story.