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ABC Dialectical Journal for Characterization

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Leann Bryan
System:Calhoun County
School:Calhoun County Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2335
Title:
ABC Dialectical Journal for Characterization
Digital Tool/Resource:
ABC Dialectical Journal for Characterization
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

In this learning activity, students can use the ABC Dialectical Journal to analyze a particular character from a text. It will guide students to make an assertion, support the assertion with text evidence, and further explain their thinking. 

This activity was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
1 ) Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. [RL.8.1]


NAEP Framework
Anchor Standard::
Anchor Standard 1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Cognitive Target::
  • Identify textually explicit information and make simple inference with and across texts, such as: definitions, facts, supporting details.
  • Make complex inferences within and across texts to describe problems and solution or cause and effect, determine unstated assumptions in and argument.

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize story detail related to main action. (Locate and Recall)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize paraphrase of story details. (Locate and Recall)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize reason explicitly stated in a story. (Locate and Recall)

NAEP Descriptor::
Infer character trait from story details to provide description. (Integrate and Interpret)



Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.8.1- Answer who, what, when, where, and why questions to analyze stories, using textual evidence and inferences as support.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
28 ) Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. [W.8.9]

a. Apply Grade 8 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new"). [W.8.9a]

b. Apply Grade 8 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., "Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced"). [W.8.9b]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.8.28- Draw evidence from a literary or informational text to support an analysis or research topic.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 9
1 ) Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. [RL.9-10.1]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.9.1- Answer who, what, when, where, and why questions to analyze stories, using textual evidence and inferences as support.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 9
28 ) Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. [W.9-10.9]

a. Apply Grade 9 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work [e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare]"). [W.9-10.9a]

b. Apply Grade 9 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., "Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning"). [W.9-10.9b]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.9.28- Draw evidence from a literary or informational text to support an analysis or research topic.


Learning Objectives:

Students will cite strong textual evidence to support their assertions made about a character.

Students will draw evidence from literary texts to support their analysis of a character. 

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

Students should choose a teacher provided text (from textbook or class chapter book) to complete this activity.

Students are provided with the ABC Dialectical Journal for Characterization. As students read a text, they will complete the journal to analyze a character. In box A, students will make an assertion about a character from the text. In box B, students will provide strong textual evidence to support their assertion. Lastly, in box C, students will provide commentary to support boxes A and B. 

After completing this journal, students will be ready to write a character analysis essay following the ABC format. 

Assessment Strategies:

Teachers can read ABC journals to determine if a student has mastered citing evidence to support a claim and analysis. 


Advanced Preparation:

Provide students with the ABC Dialectical Journal for Characterization 

Provide students with instruction on citing textual evidence. 

 

Variation Tips (optional):

After completion of the journal, students would be ready to write a character analysis essay. 

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

Students can complete one chart per chapter of an assigned text. Teachers would need to provide multiple copies of the journal.

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: analysis, annotate, characterization, cite, dialectical journal, textual evidence