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Mapping Characters Across Book Series

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Mapping Characters Across Book Series

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions plus reading time
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Graphic Map

The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 12

Judy Blume was born in 1938.

Students work with a partner or individually to create cartoons of their favorite scenes from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

 

Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 21

Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series, was born on this day.

Students write their own "Junie B." stories, based on the Junie B. Jones series, after brainstorming issues they've experienced during the school year.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 4

Edward Stratemeyer, creator of book series such as Nancy Drew, was born on this day in 1862.

Students select several books from one of Stratemeyer's series to read, discuss shared elements in the books, and use the 3-Circle Venn Diagram to compare story elements.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 11

Ezra Jack Keats was born on this day in 1916.

In celebration of Keats' birthday, students write stories that include some characters from Keats' books and practice using collage techniques with the Collage Machine.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 31

J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today.

Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Concept Map

This concept map can be used in a variety of ways to show relationships between words and phrases. Students can add arrows as needed and group certain ideas together.

 

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