1. Topic-
Book Report/ Project
2. Content-
In small groups of two to three students, each group must choose a fiction book (under 30 pages). The students will be reading the book together during class in small literature circles. After the story is finished, each student must choose one character to write a report on the character's behaviors and characteristics. At the conclusion of the exercise, students will be required to draw a picture portraying a specific character.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. To learn how to work together as a team in student led literature circles

2. To be introduced to character development
4. Objectives-
1. Are students engaged in the book?

2. Are students able to identify important character traits?

3. Are the students working together effectively as a team?

4. Does the student have the ability to create an accurate picture of the character?
5. Materials and Aids-
Book (30 pages or less)
Colored pencils
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. The teacher will read a short story to the class.

2. The students will be asked to identify the main characters of the story.

3. The teacher will give the students a list of various questions about the characters.

4. The students will discuss the answer to the questions as a class.

B. Development-

1. The teacher will provide students will a list of fiction books (30 pages or less)

2. Students will be assigned to small groups.

3. Each group will take turns selecting their book.

4. The groups will form student led literature circles around the room.

C. Practice-

1. The group will be required to read at least the first 15 pages on day one.

2. Groups will have two days to finish the story.

3. While reading, students will be required to create a list of characters.


D. Independent Practice-

1. Students will write a two-paragraph report on a character in the story.

2. Students will draw a picture portraying the character.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. Provide examples of character reports, including pictures.

2. Provide an audio version of the story

F. Checking for understanding-

1. Is the student able to identify various characteristic and behaviors of the character?

2. Does the picture properly portray the character?

G. Closure-

Groups will present their illustrations to the class and share a few facts about their characters.
7. Evaluation-
1.Did the group work together as a team?

2. Was the assignment completed on time?

3. Does the report and picture reflect that the student has a better understanding of character development?
8. Teacher Reflection-
The goal of the lesson was accomplished and students were introduced to the topic of character development. Overall, the lesson was effective and the students were able to share good ideas and support their thinking.

A character web would have been another effective tool to introduce to the students.

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