Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fiction is all about Character! *Freebie!

This handy graphic organizer helps you analyze characters AND it fits all on one anchor chart! Grab a free downloadable template for character analysis and get some great ideas for anchor charts, too! Analyze characters' motivations, traits, conflicts, and relationships to make inferences about the character.  My teachers grades 3 - 5 are working hard on introducing fiction to their kids. We've built in tons of read alouds and shared reading experiences to help kids practice noticing, finding evidence, and making inferences about characters.
 
To do this, we're using a few different books. I really recommend using short stories with upper elementary students.

Books like Every Living Thing by Cynthia Rylant and Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto make the perfect vehicle for giving kids multiple opportunities for analyzing different characters within a short time span!

To give kids a handle on character analysis, we started building this anchor chart.

We added something different to it with each lesson, making sure that we were focused on analyzing elements of character that hit our TEKS and standards!
This handy graphic organizer helps you analyze characters AND it fits all on one anchor chart! Grab a free downloadable template for character analysis and get some great ideas for anchor charts, too! Analyze characters' motivations, traits, conflicts, and relationships to make inferences about the character.

It was a lot to fit on one chart, but we did it!

To focus on character conflicts, we created a foldable and a simple graphic organizer. 

Outside of foldable

This handy graphic organizer helps you analyze characters AND it fits all on one anchor chart! Grab a free downloadable template for character analysis and get some great ideas for anchor charts, too! Analyze characters' motivations, traits, conflicts, and relationships to make inferences about the character.

Inside of foldable

This handy graphic organizer helps you analyze characters AND it fits all on one anchor chart! Grab a free downloadable template for character analysis and get some great ideas for anchor charts, too! Analyze characters' motivations, traits, conflicts, and relationships to make inferences about the character.  This handy graphic organizer helps you analyze characters AND it fits all on one anchor chart! Grab a free downloadable template for character analysis and get some great ideas for anchor charts, too! Analyze characters' motivations, traits, conflicts, and relationships to make inferences about the character.

This handy graphic organizer helps you analyze characters AND it fits all on one anchor chart! Grab a free downloadable template for character analysis and get some great ideas for anchor charts, too! Analyze characters' motivations, traits, conflicts, and relationships to make inferences about the character.
Grab it here for free on GoogleDrive!

These are some charts we've used at other times to support character analysis:

This handy graphic organizer helps you analyze characters AND it fits all on one anchor chart! Grab a free downloadable template for character analysis and get some great ideas for anchor charts, too! Analyze characters' motivations, traits, conflicts, and relationships to make inferences about the character.

This handy graphic organizer helps you analyze characters AND it fits all on one anchor chart! Grab a free downloadable template for character analysis and get some great ideas for anchor charts, too! Analyze characters' motivations, traits, conflicts, and relationships to make inferences about the character.


Find more great information about Fiction being all about character here:
Teaching That Makes Sense. Click on "The 5 facts of fiction!"

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Analyzing-Characters-Strategy-MiniPack-2131807?aref=eeu69ptz


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5 comments:

  1. WOW...way to dig into the text and analyze the characters!

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    1. Thanks! We're hoping a strong focus on character will support student understanding of fiction!

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  2. I LOVE this post and have pinned your anchor chart and one of the foldables. Thanks for the freebie! Keep up the HEART work!!

    Barbara
    The Corner On Character

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