Lesson Plan : "CHARACTER TRAIT" PARAGRAPH

Teacher Name:
 Mrs. Chern
Grade:
 Grade 3
Subject:
 Language Arts

Topic:
 Students will write a paragraph about a character from a book, either fiction or nonfiction.
Content:
 LANGUAGE ARTS/WRITING
Goals:
 1. Students will develop vocabulary for describing main characters. 2. Students will recognize specific character traits as those belonging to a hero/role model, and develop awareness of their own behavior.
Objectives:
 1. Students will brainstorm a list of personality traits, both positive and negative. 2. Students will choose the appropriate character trait based on a short verbal description of a main character. 3. Students will apply their list of personality traits, to write a paragraph about a character from a book, that describes why they would like to meet that character.
Materials:
 1. List on the board of brainstormed personality traits 2. Handout of personality traits 3. Sample paragraph about a book character with positive personality traits (both print out for posting, and handout for students) 4. Editing checklist 5. Assessment rubric to be distributed to students before handing in.
Introduction:
 1. Teacher will ask students, "How would you describe yourself?" She will take several volunteers, explaining that she will call on about five students at a time, and that she will give each student a chance to respond to a question. 2. Teacher will write these on the board, and tell students that these words describe personality/character traits. 3. Teacher will read a couple of short descriptions about a character, and students will identify the most appropriate character trait.
Development:
 1. Teacher will say, "Think about a book you have read recently, whose main character you would like to meet in real life. Take a moment to think about that character's personality traits, and how they shape your opinion about the individual." 2. Teacher will say, "Let's take a look at a paragraph that I wrote about one of my favorite characters." 3. Class will read the paragraph together, while stressing the words in boldface, such as "sense of humor", "loyal", "brave", "grateful", and "appreciative".
Practice:
 4. Teacher will explain to students that they are now going to write a paragraph, like this one, about their own character from a book they have read. 5. Remind children to use editing checklist before handing in. 6. Direct students to look at assessment rubric, as this will be the tool used to assess their paragraphs.
Accommodations:
 If necessary, teacher will take dictation, or have students write a shorter paragraph.
Checking For Understanding:
 Teacher will informally assess students' verbal responses, as well as their paragraphs, to determine the validity and quality of the assignment.
Closure:
 At the end of the session, teacher will call on several students (time permitting) to read their paragraphs, and classmates will identify personality traits, and how the character is a role model/hero.
Evaluation:
 Teacher will complete student rubrics.

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