“Capturing a Character”: A unit for teaching 2nd-grade students how to understand literary characters
This unit is designed for use in a second grade classroom during the ELA block and is focused on the reading comprehension skills of understanding characters (feelings, traits, and motivations) and making inferences. The unit is approximately 10-12 days in length. The first week is dedicated to building vocabulary and the second is to applying the skill. Quality picture books and graphic novels are referenced as mentor texts, and technology is utilized throughout the unit. A group project and performance task are included. By the end of the unit your students should be able to define feelings, traits, and motivations, and understand how these three areas can inform us about a character.
Voris, Samantha S. and Wilson, Stephanie M., "“Capturing a Character”: A unit for teaching 2nd-grade students how to understand literary characters" (2016). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. 332.
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Day 2 feeling and images.docx (29 kB)
Day 3 Character Traits and Actions.docx (36 kB)
Day 4 Character traits graphic organizer.docx (118 kB)
Day 5 Motivations Passages.docx (55 kB)
Day 6-7 Character Traits and Finding Evidence.docx (54 kB)
day 8-9 Character Creation group activity Add-Ons.pdf (1369 kB)
Day 8-9 Group Character Creation Task .docx (5 kB)
Day 8-9 model #1.JPG (1613 kB)
Day 8-9 model #2.pdf (617 kB)
Day 8-9 Student sheets for character creation group activity.pdf (68 kB)
Day 10 Character creation guessing game student sheet.docx (33 kB)
Day 11 Final Assessment Template .docx (61 kB)
Day 11 Performance Task.pdf (42 kB)
Day 11 Student performance task rubric.docx (15 kB)