Here we are again, talking about our book study (can you tell I am LOVING the Core Lit route???) So today I wanted to share what we did with character traits.
In our book, Bridge to Terabithia (Movie Tie-in)
, there are two main characters that we follow throughout: Jess and Leslie. The first few chapters do a great job of describing them, so I asked the kids to create a foldable with a picture of Jess and Leslie on the front. They were to take evidence from the story (you know, reading closely and all) and create their character sketches.
this post from a few days ago...we are still working on that.
Anyway, what is AWESOME about this is that as the characters change, and we learn more about them and their personalities, we just go back to the sketch and Double Bubble and add to/change it!
One place in this book that we definitely noticed a change in Jess' character was in Chapter 5. He was a nice, 10 year old kid who does something that seemed to be a bit out of character. However, some kids didn't see it that way. They thought that this was deep down "him" and that there were clues all along to prove it.
This really was interesting, as students were scouring to find evidence to support their own personal point of view...even if the evidence wasn't quite there! As a class, we eventually came to the conclusion that this was mostly Leslie's doing, and deep down Jess is a person who cares about the feelings of others....as that is what the evidence supported!
What are you doing as of late to get the kids to dig into their reading?