Students will be able to identify character traits by using text evidence and write a small paragraph analysis about a character in a story.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
Read The Little Red Hen as a whole group.
Ask students to think of words that describe the Little Red Hen. Write these words on the board.
Tell students that these words are called character traits.
Show students the Character Traits chart, read the definition, and discuss how these traits are important whenever you want to analyze, or describe, a character in a story by using evidence from the text.
Provide and post the definition of the following words, along with an image if applicable, in L1 and English, for students to refer to throughout the lesson: "character," "character traits," "personality," "describe," "adjective."
Allow ELs to listen to the interactive story The Little Red Hen on a computer or tablet prior to the lesson if time permits.
Provide another example of a well-known story's characters, such as Cinderella, during the class discussion to give ELs a more concrete understanding of the topic.
For Spanish speaking ELs, write the cognates for many of the descriptive adjectives from the story (honest = honesto, responsible = responsable).