Downloadable Graphic Organizer Handout
Downloadable Reader's Theater Handouts
Downloadable Character Traits and Feelings Graphic Organizer
Help students increase their reading, speaking, and listening vocabularies as they select from over 200 traits and feelings to assign to story characters. Use the graphic organizer as is or create your own with the words and activities on which you wish to focus. Consider the age of your students as well. An eighth-grade class might use the entire list before, during, and after reading; a kindergarten class might work with two or three traits and feelings after reading only. Additional tips:
- Use the list to create a poster-sized word bank for the classroom wall.
- Create a web on the chalkboard or overhead. Write a character's name in the center and have students use the list to select traits and feelings that describe the character. Remind them to support their responses with clues and evidence from the text.
- Divide the class into teams and have each group analyze one character.
- Use the word list in nonfiction studies when reading about historical figures and people today.
- Use the list for word-study activities and word sorts, such as syllables, synonyms, antonyms, base words, prefixes, suffixes, vowel patterns, digraphs, or blends.
- Select several words and have students demonstrate them with facial expressions, body language, and/or brief skits as a warm-up activity to a Reader's Theater rehearsal.
- Encourage students to use the word list when describing their own feelings about various classroom situations.