September 15, 2017
By Byron Delcomb

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Mash-Up Reading Reflections!

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Students will be able to synthesize character perspectives by reimagining alternative characters in fiction texts.

(10 minutes)
  • Ask your students to envision a character cursed at birth to obey every order given to them. Share that this is indeed a character from Gail Carson Levine’s book Ella Enchanted!
  • Have your class envision themselves as Ella and brainstorm several adjectives describing how she acts, what she likes, and her frustrations.
  • Invite your class to imagine substituting Ella as Little Red Riding Hood and think about how different the story would be if Ella Enchanted took the place of Little Red!
  • Explain to your students in today’s lesson, they will learn to reflect on texts by envisioning characters in alternative stories.
(5 minutes)
  • Demonstrate how to complete the Re-imagining Narratives with Guest Characters worksheet for your students by using the opening example (Regarding a narrative excerpt, you can cite the Little Red Riding HoodText from the reference section resource).
(5 minutes)
  • Brainstorm with your students a quick list of five stories with which most of your class is familiar.
  • Hand out the Re-imagining Narratives with Guest Characters worksheet and guide your class through a brainstormed story example. Since the original text may be unavailable, write the story accurate to most students’ understanding.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell your class to flip and complete their worksheets with a new character and an alternative text.


  • Students can substitute Ella from Ella EnchantedInto any other story of their choice.
  • Provide photocopies of single page excerpts of levelled texts for students to reference.


  • Have students add a summary of how the rest of the original story would change as a result of substituting the guest character.
  • Have students complete the Re-imagining Conclusions with Guest Characters worksheet
  • Have students complete the Re-imagining Dialogue with Guest Characters worksheet
  • An overhead or document projector is great for displaying literature and worksheet demonstrations with your class.
  • With access to tablets or computers, students can reference their favorite texts and characters for more detailed information.
  • Using Google Classroom, the Re-imagining Narratives with Guest Characters worksheet can be uploaded and given as an assignment for a reading workshop, homework, or may-do activity.
(10 minutes)
  • Post a T-chart on poster paper with the left side labeled "Key Words, Ideas, Quotes or Questions." Label the right side of the T-chart "In Response to…"
  • Hand out two sticky notes per student, have them write their assigned number on the back, and tell them to post something on the left side.
  • When the left side has enough notes, have students post responses referencing note numbers (Example: “In response to #2, I think…”).
(10 minutes)
  • Review the T-chart notes and responses as a class.
  • DISCUSS: What common themes, truths, or experiences do you share with characters mentioned today? Clarify how Theme, in this sense, would relate to life lessons or recurring ideas and events.

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