MOTIVATION or "hook" activity
1. Ask students to tell how they feel. Describe a few example scenarios and ask how students would feel in those situations.
2. Tell students that they will learn more interesting ways to tell about how they feel by reading books by a famous author who does a great job describing how his characters feel.
PRESENTATION of new knowledge and/or skills
3. Read objectives.
4. Review the meaning of character. Tell students that they will be getting to know the characters in the books you read to the class. They will have the opportunity to tell how they are like the characters.
PRACTICE/APPLICATION of new knowledge and/or skills
5. Read: Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
• Teach the emotion and structure (Worry, I am worried because/She is worried because)
• Lead a class discussion about why Wemberly worried and why students may worry.
• Give students time to write in their journal about how they are like Wemberly.
6. Read: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
• Teach the emotion and structure (Embarrassed, I am embarrassed because/She is embarrassed because)
• Lead a class discussion about why Chrysanthemum was embarrassed and why students may be embarrassed.
• Give students time to write in their journal about how they are like Chrysanthemum.
7. Read: Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
• Teach the emotion and structure (Furious, I am furious because/She is furious because)
• Lead a class discussion about why Lilly was furious and why students may be furious.
• Give students time to write in their journal about how they are like Lilly.
8. Read: Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes
• Teach the emotion and structure (Content, I am content because/He is content because) or (Left out, I feel left-out when/ She feels left out when)
• Lead a class discussion about why Chester was content or Lilly felt left out and when students may feel content or left out.
• Give students time to write in their journal about how they are like Chester or Lilly.
9. Character Wheel (Model):
• Display the character wheel for Lilly. Have students help you complete the wheel.
10. Character Wheel (Small groups):
• Divide students into 3 small groups.
• Give each group a copy of a wheel with a different character in the middle and the corresponding Kevin Henkes book.
• Have groups complete the character wheel and share it with the other groups.
11. Create a Character
• Give students a blank character wheel and have them create a character.
• Have student create a profile for their character using the Character Profile Publisher.
(Tip: If there are not enough computers for each student, some students can work on their profiles while others complete their illustrations.)
• Using the cover of Wemberly Worried as a model, have students create pictures of their characters. (Tip: Encourage students to think about how eyebrows show emotion.)
• (Optional) Have students create a story about their character using Kevin Henkes' writing as a model.
12. At a later date, have students complete a character wheel or Profile for a book they are reading independently to assess their ability to use this reading strategy.