Unit 3- Studying Characters & Their Stories (January and February)
Bend 1: Students will be able to be active, thoughtful readers by thinking about characters and stories before, during, and after reading.
Bend 2: Students will be able to use strategies to get to know characters.
Bend 3: Students will be able to identify how characters change and grow from the beginning to the end of the book, and think about and identify the lesson the author intended to teach.
Have your child read as much as possible at home. Not only fiction books, but nonfiction books too. If your child is reading out loud to you, allow them to tackle unknown words on their own. You can be there to support them, but do not tell them the word or what it means. Students have learned and will be learning more strategies to figure out these words on their own. Of course if they are completely stuck, it is okay to help them figure out the word, but support them in figuring out the word on their own first.
Have a conversation about the book they are reading. Ask them what predictions, connections, reactions, or inferences they are making as they read. Have them summarize or retell what they have read. Making sure that your child understands what he or she is reading is just as important as reading the words!Have your child tell you about the characters in the story. Have them identify how the characters are feeling by providing what from the story makes them think that (evidence!). Also, have your child tell you the kind of person the character is based on their actions in the story. We call these describing words character traits.