Students’ age range: 12-14
Main subject: Language arts and literature
Topic: Using Character Traits to Describe Correctly
Description: 1. The teacher will ask the students to (on a graphic organizer) write a character trait to describe the woman based on what the woman was doing or singing and the evidence to support this trait.
2. The teacher will invite various students to share their trait and give the evidence (Using the Fishbowl Strategy)
3. The teacher will then invite the students to learn more about character traits.
4. The teacher will ask students to create a more vivid list of character traits based on given traits.
5. The teacher will ask various students to differentiate between positive and negative character traits
6. The teacher will ask groups to share their character maps and say if the traits for the particular character are predominantly positive or negative. Using the Socratic method of questioning, the teacher will ask students to ponder certain questions
Example: Why are some people in life mean? What can cause someone to have a negative out view on life? Are these people evil?
7. The teacher will instruct the students to create a rap or poem based on their selected character traits, providing evidence for the character trait within the poem or rap
1. The students will provide a trait for the character and provide evidence – using a graphic organizer.
2. Using the Fishbowl technique, various students will share their trait and give evidence. Once they are correct they get to keep their seat. If not, they stand on the outside of the seating arrangement until correct.
3. Various students will read notes on character traits.
4. The students will create a more vivid list of character traits based on character traits given.
5. A few students will share their lines.
6. Selected groups will share their character maps and state whether or not the traits used are predominantly negative or positive.
7. The students – in groups – will write a poem or rap with lines containing character traits and alternate lines evidence or proof.