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Charlotte is Wise, Patient, and Caring: Adjectives and Character Traits

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Charlotte is Wise, Patient, and Caring: Adjectives and Character Traits

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book about Adjectives by Ruth Heller (Grosset and Dunlap, 1989), Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What is an Adjective? by Brian Cleary (Carolrhoda Books, 2001), or a similar book that highlights adjectives

  • Chart paper and markers

  • Internet access

  • Copies of the novel being discussed

  • Print copies of dictionaries and thesauruses to supplement online reference tools

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  • Students have read or listened to a substantial portion of the novel and have discussed the relative strengths, weaknesses, and attributes of various characters.

  • Make copies of the handouts, if desired. Alternately, find similar information in your class grammar and literature books. The Capital Community College "Guide to Grammar and Writing" Website provides extensive information on adjectives—more than enough information to help any students who are unsure about the part of speech.

  • Test the Character Traits Chart student interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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