Action and Understanding of Characters

With our Action and Understanding of Characters lesson plan, students learn strategies for determining and describing character motivation and action.

Our Action and Understanding of Characters lesson plan teaches students how to better understand characters and their motivations. During this lesson, students are asked to work collaboratively with a partner to read a passage and answer questions about character and character motivations, such as “What may have motivated the boy to run home from his friend’s house?” and “How do you think the boy may have been feeling? Why?”. Students are also asked to read scenarios and determine whether each describes a trait, motivation, or feeling related to a story’s character.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3

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2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


Language Arts

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