Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Introduction to Fiction: Characters and Character Traits

Warm Up: Context Clues Quiz  How much have you learned about using context clues over the past week? Let's find out by taking a little online quiz here. If you finish your quiz early, you may read from your A.R. book until the rest of your classmates are also done.  

Introduction to the Elements of Fiction  Most of us know that fiction is a type of writing that comes from a writer's imagination. Different types of fiction share many common elements, including plot, character, setting, and theme. To learn more about the elements of fiction check out the video below.

Characters and Character Traits  Characters are the people, animals and imaginary creatures who take part in the action of a story. Characters are reveled by their traits, or qualities. Courageous, kind, and selfish are three examples of traits. (Lists of character traits has been placed in your Language Arts folders and can also be found here and here.) You can learn about characters' traits by paying attention to their speech, thoughts, feelings, and actions; the speech, thoughts, and actions of other characters; the writers' direct statements about them; and their physical characteristics.  

Character Trait Activity  Using Padlet, let's identify famous characters from literature or movies and TV shows and their traits.  Click your class period to go to the appropriate Padlet wall to get started: 2nd Period, 3rd Period, and 5th Period. Directions are posted on each wall.   

Homework  Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a digital Reading Log entry. (Remember that your reading log has been placed in your Language Arts folders.  If for some reasons you need to make a copy of the reading log, you can find a link to it here.)