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Bright Morning: Exploring Character Development in Fiction

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Bright Morning: Exploring Character Development in Fiction

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time 40 minutes
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • Copies of the book that students will read—Sing Down the Moon, by Scott O'Dell, in this example. Any book that the class has read or heard as a group will work for this lesson, however. Alternative books are included on the book list.

  • Overhead projector and overhead, board, or chart paper

  • General classroom supplies (paper, markers or chalk, etc.)

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Story Map

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.


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What is Character? (optional background material)

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  • Read the book that you've chosen for the class.

  • Prepare overhead, board, or chart paper.

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