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Charting Characters for a More Complete Understanding of the Story

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time 60 minutes
Lesson Author

Cammie Singleton

Mobile, Alabama


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





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1. Before beginning this lesson, read the article Character Perspective Charting: Helping children to develop a more complete conception of story to become familiar with the purpose and procedures for this strategy.

2. Choose a trade book that has at least two characters in conflict. (See Sample Booklist for Character Perspective Charting.)

3. Read the story you have chosen and familiarize yourself with the main characters, setting, theme, problem, outcome, and reaction. Complete a Character Perspective Chart, so that you may gain an understanding of the process and the different viewpoints within the story.

4. Photocopy the Character Perspective Chart for each student and make an overhead of the chart as well.

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