Lesson Plan : Face on the Milk Carton Characterization

Teacher Name:
 Mrs. Hartwig
 Grade 7-8
 Language Arts

 Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney Characterization
 Round Characters Flat Characters Characterization (description of special qualities of a person or thing that helps us to know what that person or thing is) Characteristics (something that makes a person or thing different from others; special part or quality) Attribute - is a characteristic (special quality) Web
 S.W.B.A.T.: 1. Compile a list of characteristics and qualities about a main character from our novel (whole group discussion); 2. Work cooperatively in small groups to create an attribute web; 3. Use pair and share groups to incorporate each others findings;
 Students will create an "I Am" Poem about their own personal characteristics after exploring qualities from characters in our novel..
 1. Graphic Organizers (Attribute Web, "I Am" Poem 2. Playing cards for grouping students 3. Art supplies (Markers, scissors, fancy scissors, construction paper) 4. Magazines for cutting out pictures 5. Glue
 Teacher introduces new vocabulary as students generate a list of main characters (round characters) and secondary characters (flat characters). Discussion concerning the importance of characterization on the part of an author.
 Together we will form an attribute web of Janie. Students will provide ideas and thoughts about the qualities that make up Janie's personality, looks, and feelings.
 We will break up into smaller groups (using playing cards) and the students will create an "I AM" poem using their attribute web. Students will present their poem to the class. If time permits, the students will choose another character from the book to create an attribute web. Kings will record the info on the attribute web, Queens will record the info on the "I AM" Poem, and Jacks will present their group's poem to the class.
 Grouping students together will give every student a chance to be successful. Graphic organizers will be used to collect the data. Oral presentations will give every individual a chance to share. There is no right or wrong answer, therefore, students will feel comfortable sharing their findings.
Checking For Understanding:
 I will use the "I Am" Poem to check for understanding about characteristics of a person.
 Students will share their poems with their classmates.
 Informal evaluation through observation, questions and answers, and seat work. Can the students cooperate with each other? Are the students capable of distinquishing personality traits, physical traits, emotional traits, etc...of the novel characters.

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