We continued to use “A Boy and A Mountain” as a mentor text to learn about the elements of an effective Fictional Narrative.
Today we zeroed in on “characterization”, based on our skills in a diagnostic assessment (filling out the Mountain graphic organizer – Characters, Setting, Rising Action, Complication, Climax & Resolution).
We reviewed “FAST Characterization” from December (the Grinch!). We colour coded proposed characterization for the character Rudi — any details in red definitely lead to our understanding of Rudi’s character. They relate to Rudi’s Feelings, Actions, speaking (“Say”) and Thinking.
Today we learned a more complex strategy for characterization – STEAL Charactrrization – which includes how a character Looks and also how the character effects others (or is effected by others).
Ms Fawcett modelled highlighting words/phrases in the text that refers to what Rudi Says, Thinks/feels, what Effects Rudi has on others (and they on him), what Rudi’s Actions are, and how Rudi Looks.
Back at our tables, we worked on highlighting more words/phrases relating to Rudi’s character and then we worked on filling out this table (on paper or in a google doc).
FEEDBACK FOR THE TEACHER
Students were also invited to provide feedback on the lesson. Overwhelmingly, students felt that the lesson/discussion was too long (agreed – sometimes when students are sharing & debating points of view, it takes a long time). However, there are some excellent “stars” in this feedback! 🙂 I loved that students provided suggestions for improving our learning time!
We continued working in small groups to display data related to the number of new import cars sold in Canada between 1995-2002. Tomorrow, we will
- Use our graphs, background knowledge from grade 5, & curriculum to create criteria for effective graphs
- Compare the graphs to see how graphing choices (eg scale) can change how we perceive the data
Students: Compare 2 graphs below – What do you notice about any differences in their appearance? Do both graphs help you understand the data in the exact same way?