These are a few of my favorites: Short Writes To help my students acclimate to incorporating character traits into their writing, we do a series of what I call "short writes. We asterisked any traits on which we could not reach consensus. The silhouettes had been done by student partners as part of their science unit on light and shadows.
This student reproducible gives complete instructions for an activity in which students describe a character they have chosen to "become," as well as three other characters.
Students quickly get into their roles because they find it hilarious to have for instance a pessimistic big bad wolf meet an obnoxious little pig and his shy brother. That paper is one of the most-used reference sheets in their binder for both reading and writing!
Further Reading This lesson plan was adapted from: We discovered it was too tough to categorize some traits, so we created the neutral zone for them. What follows is the sequence I used this year to teach my students about character traits during our readers workshop.
Independent Practice Students applied what we had practiced together during independent reading using the graphic organizer. Introducing Character Traits Lessons on character traits are truly lessons on the comprehension skill of inferencing. Please let me know in the comments below how you teach character traits to your students.
These stories have clear examples that allow students to easily draw conclusions about compassion, integrity, pride, responsibility, bravery, perseverance, slyness, and many more traits and emotions.
My teaching partners, Karen Coronado and Eman Shammo, had their students do a similar activity, but had their students put their personal traits into Wordle.
Children are taught how they can draw conclusions from what a character says or does to get to know the character better, thereby improving their comprehension. To help deepen their connection to traits, I asked my 3rd graders to look at the list and choose ten words they best felt described themselves.
The final step is for students to revisit writings in their notebook. On the third day we decided to sort the list into two categories, positive traits and negative traits. I find fairy tales work very well for this because of the familiarity that students have with the stories and characters.
I jotted down page numbers to emphasize that evidence must come directly from the text.
A successful character analysis demands that students infer abstract traits and values from literal details contained in a text. Digging Deeper Once students have a general knowledge of the different types of traits that exist, it is important to move deeper in order to activate their thinking.The worksheet instructions in the lesson use Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as an example, but this activity is effective with any work of literature in which characterization is important.
back to top. In this activity, students will read a short paragragh and then draw a picture that matches the description. Grade Levels: 2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K, Kindergarten & 1st Grade.
Bringing Characters to Life in Writer's Workshop Once students have a good familiarity with character traits in reading, we begin to incorporate them into our writing. In my classroom, it's always at this point, when students can add some personality to their characters, that their writing really begins to take off.
We do this activity.
Trying to develop deep thoughts and ideas about characterization has not only helped them in their acting and understanding of what it takes to become a ‘role,’ but these worksheets have also helped them in their other classes with writing, creativity, and imagination.
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Creative writing: Character Traits Meme -- You may: Print this out.
Instead, try out "tweet sheets." This activity reinforces characterization and point of view while also allowing. Defining Characterization Characterization is the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character.
with a fish” an activity that involves the cat standing on a ball while balancing seven objects. Later in the story, the cat releases.Download