Read.Write.Think. Using those traits, they had to search through the book to find evidence of that character trait and list their own background knowledge justifying why they thought the trait matched the character they chose.
Just like last year, I had the students choose the three most prevalent character traits (in their own opinion and with their own justifications) and write one paragraph explaining these character qualities. They used this FREE form here (from my Character Traits in 5 Days pack) to construct their paragraph. Then, once the writing piece was done, we moved on to the visual representation of those character traits using a program called Wordle.net.
Wordle creates a word cloud based on the text that it is given. Those words that appear more in the text show up bigger on the word cloud. Those words that are in the text less often appear smaller in the word cloud. So to make sure that the proper traits were emphasized, I gave the students the following parameters.
Write the name of the character 7 times.
Write the three main traits (that were written about in the paragraph) 5 times.
Write the four traits that also stand out (but weren't in the paragraph) 3 times.
Write seven more minor traits of the character 1 time each.
When the final products were hung on the wall, you could really see just what traits were evident in each character. Those words in bold and bigger font were a great way to emphasize just what the students felt were important in each character.
Have you used Wordle? How did you incorporate it into your class?
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