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Authoring an Epilogue That Helps Our Characters Live On
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
New York, New York
This lesson will teach how characters evolve across a story, and that often times the important changes are subtle. This lesson uses accountable-talk during a read aloud of One Green Apple by Eve Bunting to demonstrate how, as readers, students can use the traits of their character as a lens through which to interpret deeper, more significant changes stirring within. They will ultimately use those observations about their characters to author an epilogue for their books. The epilogue will allow students to demonstrate what they have learned about their main character, and it will allow the teacher to assess how well the students understand their characters and the changes their characters experienced across the text.
In this article, Fisher explains the importance of using specific adjectives to describe characters in order to better understand them. Fisher describes adjectives as tools writers use to bring characters to life for the reader. When students begin to notice static and dynamic characters they can then begin to think about what causes characters to change across a text. Additionally, the author also emphasizes that not every adjective fits the character and that students need to find evidence in the text to support their inferences, thus encouraging close reading of the text.
Fisher, A. A Picture Book Helps Students Read Characters. Classroom Notes Plus, 26.1 (2008): 1-5.