Throughout our "Interpreting Characters" unit, readers have strengthened their repertoire of strategies for getting to know the characters in their books.
In Reading Workshop, fourth graders are currently growing their comprehension skills to become better readers. Throughout our "Interpreting Characters" unit, readers have strengthened their repertoire of strategies for getting to know the characters in their books. Some of these strategies include-
-Noticing patterns in character's actions to form ideas.
-Asking "why?" when a character does something.
-Paying attention to what the character wants, and the obstacles he/she faces.
-Using precise vocabulary to name the character's traits.
We know that readers are always thinking and developing insightful ideas about their characters while they are reading. Readers show their thinking by stopping and quickly jotting down their ideas, connections, questions, and predictions.
These readers have reread their post it notes to find connections in their ideas. They used these connections to come up with theories about the main characters or setting.
Readers also use their Reading Response notebooks to write longer about their thinking. Here, one reader is using the strategy of paying attention to what the character is saying, thinking, and doing to come up with new ideas.
During Read Aloud time we practice using our strategies as a class to get to know the characters in our stories.