Category: Story Elements

Silhouette Characterization – A Teaching Strategy

Silhouette Characterization

 

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. 

Instructions

Click here to download the printable. 

  1. Option 1 – Print the silhouettes found on page 8 on heavyweight paper. Cut out the patterns. Students trace the character onto a piece of ordinary paper.
  2. Option 2 – Show students the ‘Bean Character Clipart.’ found on pages 9 and 10. Students then draw their own silhouette people in a similar fashion.
  3. Option 3 – Print the sample organizers found on pages 3-7.

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. Activity #1 – Students draw a silhouette figure in the center of their page. Out from the silhouette, students draw rays. In each shape formed by the rays, students write facts about the character.

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students.

Activity #2 – Students choose one character from the book or story they are reading. They draw the character as a silhouette covering the entire piece of paper. On the body of the character, students describe the character. On the arms and legs, students list four actions.

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. Activity #3 – Students copy the boy or the girl silhouette in the center of the page. Students then write a paragraph describing the character’s physical features. This includes coloring – hair, eyes, etc.; size – tall, short,  thin, muscular, etc.; and distinguishing features – mustache, curly hair, etc. on the left side of the figure. On the opposite side of the character, students describe inner character traits. This could be in the form of a paragraph or a list of adjectives such as absent-minded, disrespectful, humorous, immature, etc. 

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. Activity #4 – Students create two overlapping character shapes to form a Venn Diagram. Students then compare and contrast the two characters by telling how they are different and alike.

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. Activity #5 – Students draw a simple house structure. The house needs six windows. In each window, students answer Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? to explain how a specific character handled one situation in the story.

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students.

Gay Miller

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz FREE Book Unit

 

The Announcement

I’m excited to announce that each Monday over the next 24 weeks; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Book Unit will be featured in weekly blog posts. Saving each lesson for a novel study is a great option. Since students are so familiar with this well-loved American classic, most chapters can be stand-alone lessons. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was originally published on May 17, 1900, so it is now in public domain. There is no need to purchase a class set of books because the complete text will be added to the unit plans.

The Plan

Each Monday a new blog post will provide teaching materials for one chapter including:
• a printable vocabulary practice page
• comprehension questions (consisting of multiple choice, short answer, and constructive response)
• a foldable graphic organizer going over the rules for a Common Core State Standards Language Arts Skill

Seven additional posts will contain games, task cards, and activities providing practice for the language arts skills addressed in the foldable organizers.

 

The Beginning

 

Begin by downloading this FREE resource from Teachers Pay Teachers.This packet contains the materials you will need to turn the weekly blog posts into a full book unit. It includes:

  • A Schedule for All Blog Posts
  • Lesson Plans at a Glance
  • A Vocabulary List with Words, Definitions, and Sample Sentences from the Text
  • Vocabulary Bookmarks
  • Word Cards with Storage Pocket
  • Multiple Choice Vocabulary Test
  • Instructions for Using the Constructive Response Questions as Interactive Notebook Pages

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz FREE Book Unit

The First Chapter

Come back Monday, May 4 to download Chapter 1. I hope your students enjoy this wonderful book! 

 If you need additional book studies, check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

 

 

Follow these links to see the entire book unit:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz FREE Book Unit

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 1

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 2

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 3

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 4

Root Words Spoons Game

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 5

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 6

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 7

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 8

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 9

Pronoun Task Cards

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 10

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 11

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 12

Prefix Game

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 13

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 14

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 15

Prefix and Suffix Puzzles

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 16

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 17

Punctuation Task Cards

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 18

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 19

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 20

Analogy Game ~ Round About

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 21

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 22

Context Clues Task Cards

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 23

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 24

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Three Fun Activities to Help Teach Sequencing

 

Narratives may use different sequencing techniques to make the story more interesting. Some common sequencing techniques include:

  • Flashbacks fill in details that took place in the past.
  • Foreshadowing are hints as to what is to take place in the future.
  • Students can remember sequence by noting chronological order clue words such as first, next, after, and so on.

Another type of sequencing that appears in nonfiction text is logical order. This uses headings, subheadings, and other text features to guide students through the material.

Activity #1 ~ Organizer

This foldable graphic organizers gives definitions to four types of sequencing. Three versions of the organizer are offered: one with blanks where students write definitions; one with the definitions provided but with blank spaces for students to write in key words; and one with the answers provided. The third copy of the organizer may be used as an answer key, for differentiated instruction, for students who were absent during instruction, or if you wish for the students to have cards already completed. Just click on the image to download the organizer.

Sequencing Organizer

Activity #2 ~ Paragraph Picture Story

Have students use the four picture cards to write paragraphs for each of the following fictional sequences: flashback, foreshadowing, and chronological order. Look a the samples below.

 

Flashback Sequence

As Matt was riding his bike home from school, he was thinking about the weekend. He thought about going rock climbing. Then he remembered what happened the last time he went climbing. Matt enjoyed the long strenuous climb up the side of the mountain. He was looking forward to reaching the top and just stretching out on his back to rest; however, when his looked over the topmost rock, he had spotted a grizzly bear ~ a humongous grizzly bear. Instead of the nice rest Matt had looked forward to, he scrambled back down the rock face and hightailed it home.

Foreshadowing Sequence

Matt was quite an outdoorsman. Every weekend he went on one adventure. Today he was riding his bike home from school and thinking about the rock climbing trip he planned for tomorrow. Matt would really be shocked if he only knew what was in store for him on this trip.

Chronological Order Sequence

Matt had his Saturday all planned out. First he rode his bike over to Grandfather Mountain. Once there he went rock climbing for a couple of hours. Next he visited the animal habitats where he could observe the cougars white-tailed deer, black bears, bald eagles and river otters in their natural settings. Matt had a terrific day at Grandfather Mountain.

Download the sequencing cards here.

Activity #3 ~ Online Practice – “Recreating the Story” 

At the site, students are offered three sentences. Students must read the story then select the sentence that comes next in the sequence.

Recreating the Story


If you need additional sequencing resources you might like to check out Sequencing:

Sequencing Unit on Teachers Pay Teachers

Clipart Credits

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Point of View

Presenting Point of View 

By using the comparison of a diorama, my students are able to begin to understand 1st and 3rd points of view. I tell the students that in first-person, you shrink yourself and become one of the characters within the diorama. If you were writing a story set in the diorama, you would describe what is happening to you. In third-person, you are outside the diorama, looking in, and telling a story about what you see.

Point of View Activities 

Here are some online resources:

Point Out the View from PBS Kids

Quia Point of View Million Game

Maintaining Point of View

Jeopardy Review Game

Point of View Song

Learn about Point of View

Anchor Chart 

Download this free anchor chart.

Free Printable Point of View Anchor Chart

 

Printing Instructions

Adobe Reader

With Adobe Reader 10 or newer, you can print posters by splitting the document across multiple sheets of paper called tiles. After printing, you piece the tiles together. If you have an older version of Adobe Reader, you can update to a newer version with a free download here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Printing Instructions

  1. Choose File > Print
  2. A pop-up menu will open. Select the “Poster” option under “Page Sizing & Handling.” The poster is set to print 20 by 30 inches. This will tile over 8 pieces of paper. This size fits perfectly on the standard 22 by 32 inch flip chart. If you select “Size” in place of “Poster,” your poster will fit on a standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper.

Additional Resources

 Point of View Activities at Teachers Pay Teachers

Mini posters, Lap Book, Task Cards, Turn Around Upside Down Printable Books, and Games are just some of the activities your students will enjoy in this unit.

Point of View Unit at Teachers Pay Teachers 

 

Gay Miller

 

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Five Ways to Teach Theme

Teaching Theme

Teaching students to find the theme of a book can be both fun and frustrating. Some students understand the concept immediately. For others, it can be a real challenge.

Here are five ways to teach theme:

#1 Teaching Theme with Visuals

Use the visual THE MEssage to help students remember that the theme is the message of a book, movie, song etc.

 

 Download this free theme anchor chart.

Free Theme Poster

Adobe Reader

With Adobe Reader 10 or newer, you can print posters by splitting the document across multiple sheets of paper called tiles. After printing, you piece the tiles together. If you have an older version of Adobe Reader, you can update to a newer version with a free download here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Printing Instructions

  1. Choose File > Print

  2. A pop-up menu will open. Select the “Poster” option under “Page Sizing & Handling.” The poster is set to print 20 by 30 inches. This will tile over 8 pieces of paper. This size fits perfectly on the standard 22 by 32 inch flip chart. If you select “Size” in place of “Poster,” your poster will fit on a standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper.

#2 Teaching Theme with Fables

Fables are easy for students to understand. Due to their short to the point message, students catch on to the idea of theme quickly.

Here are a few good fables to use:

  • The Country Mouse and the City Mouse
  • The Lion and the Mouse
  • The Boy who Cried Wolf

#3 Teaching Theme with Songs

Here are few great songs to try:

  • “Hero” by Mariah Carey
  • “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day
  • “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus
  • “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
  • “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin
  • “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips
  • “Help” by the Beatles
  • “Wheel of the World” by Carrie Underwood
  • “The Dance” by Garth Brooks

#4 Use movies.

Here are few great movies to use for discussion:

  • The Emperor’s New Groove
  • Antz
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Hoot
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

#5 Use anchor charts.

Download this free anchor chart.

Free Printable Theme Anchor Chart

Printing Instructions

[This anchor chart is the same size as the poster above. You will use the same printing instructions.]

  1. Choose File > Print
  2. A pop-up menu will open. Select the “Poster” option under “Page Sizing & Handling.” The poster is set to print 20 by 30 inches. This will tile over 8 pieces of paper. This size fits perfectly on the standard 22 by 32 inch flip chart. If you select “Size” in place of “Poster,” your poster will fit on a standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper.

Additional Resources

Anchor Charts on Book Units Teacher

Theme Anchor Chart

Theme Unit at Teachers Pay Teachers

Theme Unit

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Teaching Character Traits with Graphic Organizers

Teaching Character Traits

Describing a character in depth including describing a character’s thoughts, words, or actions is an important Common Core Standard. Beginning in 5th grade students must also be able to compare characters. Listed below are a few ways to help students understand this important standard.

#1 Use a Picture of the Character with Descriptive Words

Anchor Chart

Character Traits

Free Printable Organizers

(Just click on the image of the organizer you would like to download.)

Free Printable Character Trait Chart

 

Character Trait Chart

 

#2 Describe the Problems and Solutions the Character Faces

Anchor Chart

Problems and Solutions the Character Faces

Free Printable Organizer

(Just click on the image to download.)

 Free Printable Character Chart

#3 Compare and Contrast Two Characters

Free Printable Venn Diagram

Printing Instructions

Adobe Reader

With Adobe Reader 10 or newer, you can print posters by splitting the document across multiple sheets of paper called tiles. After printing, you piece the tiles together. If you have an older version of Adobe Reader, you can update to a newer version with a free download here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Printing Instructions

  1. Choose File > Print
  2. A pop-up menu will open. Select the “Poster” option under “Page Sizing & Handling.” The poster is set to print 20 by 30 inches. This will tile over 8 pieces of paper. This size fits perfectly on the standard 22 by 32 inch flip chart. If you select “Size” in place of “Poster,” your poster will fit on a standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper.

Additional Resources

If you are looking for additional resources, you might like to take a look at “Characters and Settings.” This resource contains mini posters, foldable graphic organizers, and activities to help teach about characters and settings.

 

Characters and Settings at Teachers Pay Teachers

Characters and Setting Unit

Gay Miller

 

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The Plot Development Roller Coaster

Plot Development

Teaching students to describe the plot of a book or story can be compared to a roller coaster.

 

Here is how it works:

Exposition

When you first get on the roller coaster a voice over a loud speaker gives background information such as when the coaster was built, how long the ride will last, or how high or fast you will be traveling. The exposition also gives background information. It is the introduction of the story. The exposition contains the setting and introduces the main characters. Readers need this information to understand a story.

Rising Action

The next part of the ride is the big hill. No matter which type of coaster you are riding this is the longest part of the ride. Your excitement builds as you slowly climb. The long climb of the coaster may be compared to the rising action of the story. In the rising action, a series of events takes place which builds the excitement of the story.

Climax

The top of the big hill on the roller coaster may be compared to the story’s climax. This is the most exciting part in both the coaster ride and the story. No looking back, the action must move forward. You are full of suspense about what is about to take place.

Falling Action

The downhill race in which the coaster may fly around sharp corners, flip upside down while passing through corkscrew turns, or bounce over a series of hills is the fast-paced action part of the ride. The same is true of a story’s falling action. During the falling action, the characters begin to solve the conflict. Exciting action fills the pages.

Resolution

Finally the roller coaster ride has come to the end. As riders get off, they talk about the experience. The resolution is the end of the story or how everything winds up. A reader will discover if the protagonist gets what s/he wanted or not. Just like the roller coaster ride may change a person, the experiences the characters go through in the book change them as well. During the resolution, the reader sees just how the characters have changed.

Download this free Plot Development Anchor Chart.

Plot Development Anchor Chart

Additional Resources

If you are looking for additional resources, you might like to take a look at “Plot Development.” This resource contains mini posters, foldable graphic organizers, and activities to help teach about plot development.

Plot Development Unit at Teachers Pay Teachers

Plot Development Unit
  Interactive Plot Diagram at Read Write Think
Interactive Plot Diagram at Read Write Think

Gay Miller

 

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