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Now for the freebie and lesson…
As we’re working our way through our Heroes and Villains unit, I thought I’d share an activity my kids enjoyed while I was out one day.
Prior to completing this activity, we have spent several weeks working on character traits and talking about the differences between heroes and villains. It has been such fun for the kids to make such great connections between our Readers and Writers Workshop time.
I also make sure every student has a copy of this character traits list in their Reading Journals. I would rather my students pick out a fabulous character trait from a list and support it with evidence from the text than let them write down some tired and overused word because they can’t remember “that word” they heard last week during our mini-lesson.
We use the list above from Beth Newingham. I shrink it to 85% on the copier and it fits beautifully in the resource section of our Reading Journals (composition notebooks).
For this particular reading response, I had the sub review the difference between and hero and a villain before reading Red Riding Hood.(I love the James Marshall version below!)
Afterwards, they completed the response page independently. I had the sub stress this, but I wanted the kids to support their thinking with evidence from the text. (Remember – this is something we have done several times already in class.)
|One of my unmotivated and struggling readers – he LOVES the heroes and villains unit!