Mad, Sad, Happy, Glad: Character Feelings
Students will be able to identify character traits and feelings by using a variety of words.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Gather the students in the reading circle.
- Tell them today, they will learn about how characters feel (their character traits), act, or look to help them understand a story more clearly.
- Read aloud the story No, David!
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Divide a sheet of chart paper into three sections.
- Write each of these words in one section: glad/happy, sad, mad.
- Explain to the students that together, you will brainstorm more words to describe feelings besides the words listed on the chart. For example: angry, excited, and unhappy.
- After brainstorming, read the lists to the students.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Write this prompt on chart paper: David felt ___ when he ___.
- Encourage students to tell you how David felt in a certain situation.
- Fill in the blanks on the chart paper.
- Continue with at least three more fill-in-the-blanks. Remind the students to choose a word from the word list.
- Go back and read the sentences with the students.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Send the students back to their seat with sentence strips.
- Write this prompt on a sheet of chart paper: I felt ___ when I ___.
- Let the students copy the prompt onto their sentence strips. Circulate the room to make sure the students have their blanks in the appropriate places.
- Tell the students to think of a time and how they felt at that time. Have them use words from the brainstormed list to fill in the blanks.
- Enrichment: Advanced students can copy the prompt in their language journals and write a short story of the incident and the feelings they had.
- Support: Struggling students can dictate their sentences to you. Write each one on a sticky note and let them copy it.
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Let the students read their sentences. Highlight the alternative words they chose to use.
- Check to be sure the words they chose reflect the appropriate feelings.
- Leave the brainstorm sheet up for those students who need additional help.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Go back to the sentences on the chart paper. Read them.
- Read the brainstorm word list.