- character traits
- character motivations
- character feelings
INTEGRATION IDEAS what's this
QUESTIONS TO FOCUS INSTRUCTION what's this
- Verbally describing characters and related actions supports oral language development,
- vocabulary acquisition, and speaking and listening standards across grade levels.
- Organizing information, describing relationships (i.e., how traits influence behaviors and
- actions), and summarizing are active reading comprehension strategies that can be
- applied to a variety of texts and experiences across content areas. For example, those same strategies can be utilized during scientific observations and discussions of historical figures.
- Being able to visualize and summarize character traits and actions are prerequisites to and
- will support higher levels of comprehension, such as synthesizing information, making inferences, and forming opinions.
- Examining how the author directly describes characters and indirectly reveals traits through
- the characters’ actions will help students understand author’s purpose and to distinguish between relevant vs. unimportant information in a variety of texts.
- Comparing and contrasting character traits revealed by the author’s words versus character
- traits apparent in illustrations or visual representations would help students integrate and analyze literature and arts.
- Participating in character description and analysis improves student understanding of
- narratives and their structure, which helps students learn how to write their own stories.
- How does understanding story elements, such as characters, actions, and sequential events,
- support comprehension of narrative texts?
- What additional instructional support can be provided for students who struggle to attend to the
- important elements of text?
- What strategies can be used to help students describe the characters and related
- actions and events?
- How does character description and analysis contribute to the overall comprehension of
- narrative stories?
Go to RL.2.3 to see skills mastered prior to this.