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Tell Me More: Characters, Settings, and Events
Students will be able to select and describe characters, settings, and events in detail, using specific examples.
- Gather the students together.
- Write "character," "setting," and "events" on the board.
- Talk through each, asking students to explain what they are and why they are important for reading.
- Remind your students that a CharacterIs an actor, such as a person or animal in a story. Tell your students that a SettingIs where and when the story happens, and an EventIs something that happens in the story.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(20 minutes)
- Tell your students that the focus of today's lesson is on choosing one character, one setting, and one event to describe in detail from the stories they are reading.
- Read aloud a book of your choice, preferably one with a strong character, setting, and event to pull out.
- Once you are finished reading, show the three anchor charts from the worksheets.
- Model completing each one, sharing your thinking aloud.
Guided practise(25 minutes)
- Have students work in groups or pairs to read the short story "Jack and the Beanstalk" together and verbally fill in the Describing Characters, Settings, and Events worksheet together.
- Have students share out their work with other groups or pairs.
Independent working time(25 minutes)
- Pass out the Describing Characters, Settings, and Events charts.
- Instruct your students to use the books that they are reading.
- As students work, provide support as needed.
- Instruct your students to choose a scene from the story to illustrate. In this drawing, have them circle the items that depict the setting and character.
- Have your students come up with their own stories, and instruct them to exchange these stories with partners. Direct the partners to identify the major characters, settings, and events from the story.
- Write the paragraph frame on the board and have students complete it on a half sheet of scratch paper:
- "Characters are ____. Settings are ____. Events are ____. I know how to describe characters, settings, and events by ____. It is important to be able to describe these story elements because ____."
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Ask your students to share why they think it is important to think about characters, settings, and events. Make sure they understand that it helps improve their overall comprehension.
- Invite student volunteers to read one section of their completed worksheet (choose character, setting, or event) aloud to the whole class.