Introduction:
 

Prior to the lesson, partner up students with a classmate that is reading from a different Revolutionary War novel.

For example:

  • Fighting Ground with My Brother Sam is Dead
  • The Riddle of Penncroft Farm with Sarah Bishop

 

Group Size: Any
 

Learning Objectives:
 

Students will understand the important characteristics of individuals from their novel.

Students will clearly communicate their character's characteristics to a classmates.

Students will compare and contrast characters of different novels.

Students will understand how the Revolutionary War impacted individuals.
 

Materials:

1. One Character Comparison Venn Diagram for each student

2. Revolutionary War novel for each student
 

Procedures:
 

1. Partner up students, so each individual is paired up with someone reading a different Revolutionary War novel than their own.

2. Hand one Character Comparison Venn Diagram to each student.

3. Tell students to think about one of the main characters in their novel so far.

4. Have students write the character's name on the left hand circle of the Venn Diagram.

5. Have students write their partner's character's name on the right hand circle of the Venn Diagram.

6. Tell students that they will be sharing all the feelings, reactions, events, etc. that their character has experienced thus far in the novel with their partner. Give this partner at least 3 to 5 minutes to share all the thoughts about their character.

7. Then have the other partner share all the feelings, reactions, events, etc. that their character has experienced thus far in the novel with their partner. Also give this partner at least 3 to 5 minutes to share all their thoughts about their character.

8. After both individuals have shared information about their character, have students begin to fill out their Venn diagram on the similarities and differences between the characters. Remind them that the place where both circles overlap is the similarities between the characters. Encourage students to really think about how their characters are going through the same time period in history.

9. When all students have filled out their Venn diagram, randomly pick groups to come up and share the similarities between the characters. See if other groups found the same similarities.

10. Encourage students to add more information to their Venn diagram if it applies to their characters.
 

Assessment:
 

Monitor student's Venn diagrams to determine their understand of character development in the novel.
 

Benchmark or Standards:
 

The Standards for the English Language Arts:

Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, and their word identification strategies.

Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and to acquire new information.
 

Attached Files:
 

    charactercomparisonvenn.doc 

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