Web of Ideas
This lesson will allow students to practice reading out loud and determine character traits of various characters.
Grade Level: 3 - 5th
Subject: English/Language Arts
Length of Time: Five 45 Minute Sessions
Common Core Alignment
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3 - Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
Objectives & Outcomes
Students should be able to accurately determine characteristics of various main characters.
Printer paper, pencil, copies of the book ‘Charolette’s Web’ by E.B.White, colored pencils
Opening to Lesson
Begin by asking students how they know what words to use to describe someone. Do you use what you can see? What they do? How they behave in different settings? Have students offer examples of how they would know someone is good, kind, angry, talkative, etc.
Body of Lesson
Have students read the short novel ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B. White. This can be done in groups, as a class, or as individuals based on teacher preference. Tell students that throughout the book each character is demonstrating traits in different ways.
Have students fold a sheet of paper in half. On each half, front and back draw a web. In the center of the web draw one of the characters (Charlotte, Fern, Wilbur, Templeton). On each line of the web write a characteristic and find a sentence from the book that shows this characteristic. (Sample web included) Display webs.
Assessment & Evaluation
The students will create ‘webs’ of descriptions of characters from the text with corresponding characteristics.
Modification & Differentiation
Special needs students may be given fewer required character traits to add to the web.
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