Literary Elements, Reading

I’m sure many of you are already using www.readworks.org, but if you’re not you have to check it out.  It is a great website that has many common core reading standards, lessons that go with it, independent practice options, etc.  It is wonderful!

My kids have really been struggling with analyzing characters and I found a great lesson on ReadWorks last week.  Using the story, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse you analyze Lilly looking at her actions, what she was thinking, and how she was feeling.  We stopped multiple times as we were reading through the story to fill out our “recipe” of Lilly’s personality.  To document her actions, thoughts, and feelings, we used a tree map.  See below…

We also studied Lilly further using the story Julius, The Baby of the World.  Stay tuned for that post tomorrow!
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