ELA.RL.4.3

Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • RL:  Reading Standards for Literature K-5
  • 4:  4th Grade
  • 3: 
    Describe in depth a character, setting, or event
    in a story or drama, drawing on specific details
    in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or
    actions).

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ELA.W.4.9a

Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • W:  Writing Standards K-5
  • 4:  4th Grade
  • 9a: 
    Draw evidence from literary or informational
    texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

    a. Apply grade 4 Reading standards to literature
    (e.g., â\x80\x9CDescribe in depth a character, setting,
    or event in a story or drama, drawing on
    specific details in the text [e.g., a characterâ\x80\x99s
    thoughts, words, or actions].â\x80\x9D).


    b. Apply grade 4 Reading standards to
    informational texts (e.g., â\x80\x9CExplain how an
    author uses reasons and evidence to support
    particular points in a textâ\x80\x9D).

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Character Detectives: Gathering Evidence
Lesson Objective: Students examine characters' speech, actions, thoughts, and feelings
Grades 3-5 / ELA / Characterization
ELA.RL.4.3 | ELA.W.4.9a

Thought starters

  1. See how Ms. Saville models expectations by using the character case herself and asking guiding questions How do the artifacts in the "character case" help students understand the character?
  2. Why is it important to include what others might say about the character?
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I loved watching this lesson and can't wait to try it in my own classroom! I'm also going to create a sample character box based on a share reading story to introduce students to character analysis in reading! Thanks for the idea!
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incredible way to be effective, engaging and create an atmosphere of collaboration! I just can't wait to do this with my students:)
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How exciting! I'm off to prepare my first character box and hope to share it with my fellow graduate students next week!
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Love this! FUN and complex! :)
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Fantastic lesson! I have 11th and 12th graders about to study Shakespeare for the first time EVER! I am thinking that I can modify this to introduce Macbeth, Lady Mac Beth, King Duncan, Banquo, and the three Weird Sisters...thanks for the great idea. And by the way, your kids are soooo adorable, especially when they are putting on their gloves, hats, and monocles and diving into their investigations. Well done!
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Transcripts

  • Summary

    A teacher demonstrates how to teach Key Stage 2 pupils about literacy and characterization.
    At Stratton Primary school, deputy head

    Summary

    A teacher demonstrates how to teach Key Stage 2 pupils about literacy and characterization.
    At Stratton Primary school, deputy head teacher Sammy Saville teachers her Year 4 class about characterization, by getting them to become character detectives.
    Sammy creates character cases for each table, which contain a series of clues about a character. The clues maybe anything from pictures, words, and symbols to silhouettes. They are used to encourage pupils to use their imaginations and decide who is in their box. In this lesson.
    After the pupils learn how to work with the clues, they dress up as detectives, and explore their cases, and write their ideas on a worksheet.
    The characters they create will then be incorporated into stories. At the end of the lesson, Sammy gets the groups to feedback their ideas to the whole class.

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