Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Introduction to Fiction: Characters and Character Traits

Introducing the Digital Reading Log  Part of the requirement of this class is to read for at least 30 minutes a day during the school week. You may either read from your Accelerated Reader book or from an online article, such as Newsela. At least twice a week you must also make a reading log entry using our class's Digital Reading Log. When making a reading log entry, record the date, pages you read, and a short response to what you read for the day. Your responses will count towards your reading grade for Language Arts. If you read for at least 30 minutes yesterday, you may make your first entry now. Otherwise, you may use this time for silent reading. 

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 can be found 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 Period3rd Period, and 5th Period. Directions are posted on each wall.   

Homework Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and if you choose make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least two entries by the end of the week.)

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