We worked on character traits this week and I can honestly say that my kids got it! I gave the end of story assessment and my lowest grade was an 80! (Picture the clouds parting and angels singing.)
We started by discussing "outside" and "inside" charater traits. Outside traits are the traits you can see. Inside traits are traits you cannot see but you can prove by observing a characters dialogue and actions. I made this pinterest inspired anchor chart as we discussed traits:
I then had my students write inside and outside traits about themselves:
They then had to choose two inside traits and show evidence using their actions or dialogue:
(I like how she used me in her evidence examples.)
We then moved on to story characters. The story we were reading (The New Friend) is about a new boy moving to the neighborhood and 3 boys who become his friend. I had the students choose a character and list two character traits about them and then provide evidence from the story that supports it.
This student wrote, "The three boys are curious because they want to know who is moving into the old house."
This student wrote, "They played soccer ball with Makoto. They make a great team together. They will be great friends.
This student wrote, "The three boys were happy because Makoto was going to their school."
Happy Weekend Friends!