Read to You
Mem Fox will read the book to you: http://www.memfox.net/audio/koala_lou.html
Mem Fox will tell you about Koala Lou at her site too. http://www.memfox.net/koala-lou.html
Retelling Koala Lou after the students have heard or read the story:
-Everyone loved Koala Lou especially her mom.
-Koala’s Lou mom was too busy to say “I Love You”
-Koala Lou entered the Olympics so that her mom would notice her.
-Koala Lou imagined her mom saying “I love you” to help her win her race.
-Koala Lou tried very hard to win the gum tree race but she wasn’t fast enough.
-She was very say and ran away.
-When she came home her mom hugged her and said “Koala Lou, I DO love you! And I always will!
Before Reading Koala Lou
A specific strategy is intentionally taught.
1.Tells us directly.
2.Gives the actual words of the character.
3.Reveals what a character is feeling.
4.Tells about characters’ actions.
5.Tells how other people respond to a character.
Character Traits: qualities that describe a character’s personality.
Readers get to know the character through the traits.
It’s the stuff that authors put in the story to let you get to know the characters.
An author reveals these traits through the character’s actions, words, thoughts, feelings, imagines, likes and dislikes and how other people respond to the character (she’s so stubborn).
Teacher sets a clear purpose for reading so that children know why they are reading.
“Today while I am reading I am going to show you how I think about the character’s actions, feelings, words, thoughts, and how the other characters respond to the character. This reveals the character trait. I will leave tracks of my thinking with a sticky note as I read.”
Teacher conducts a think-aloud using the text, Koala Lou to build an understanding of specific character traits and how to think through finding character traits in books.
“There was once a baby koala so soft and round that all who saw her loved her. Her name was Koala Lou. The emu loved her. The platypus loved her. And even tough little Koala Klaws next door loved her. But it was her mother who loved her most of all. A hundred times a day she would laugh and shake her head and say, “Koala Lou, I DO love you!” Whenever she stretched in the early morning sun, or climbed a gum tree, or bravely went down the path all by herself, her mother would smile and say, “Koala Lou, I DO love you!” The years passed and other koalas were born – brothers and sisters for Koala Lou. Soon her mother was so busy she didn’t have time to tell Koala Lou that she loved her. Although of course she did…” Koala Lou by Mem Fox
Teacher Conducts Think-Aloud -
I am using the pictures or the words the author wrote and my experiences to make an inference that the character trait is… disappointed.
The teacher places a sticky note with the word disappointed on the picture book. Then the teacher explains WHY. “Koala Lou is disappointed because her mama is too busy to say I love you Koala Lou since the mama is paying attention to the little kids. This happens in my family sometimes when my dad or mom is busy with my brother when I want attention.”
Did you notice that I used the pictures, the words, and my own experience to infer what is going on to figure out the word disappointed?
The teacher continues reading and pointing out these character traits:
•Hopeful (there are 2 places in the book that Koala Lou is hopeful)
Retelling using the characters and phrases
First, identify the Character Trait
Second explain, How do you expect that person to behave or what do you expect them to say?
Third, show a Text Example
1. Koala Lou is Self Confident.
2. I would expect a self confident person to say, “I can do it. I will try again. I look good. I feel good.”
3. A text example for self confident was, “We would win.”
More Character Traits for Other Books
ambitious, mannerly, adventurous, hard-working, patriotic, fun-loving, cooperative, lovable, determined, energetic, thoughtful, conceited, demanding, excited, successful, responsible, disagreeable, independent, studious, intelligent, mischievous, considerate, imaginative, inventive, creative, unselfish, respectful, gullible, courageous, humorous, self-confident, carefree, generous, resourceful, stubborn, spoiled, brat, dishonest, cheater, liar, humble, serious, funny, sad, loyal, caring, honest, friendly, timid, shy, bold, daring, dainty, busy, lazy, helpful, dreamer, happy, leader, bossy, gentle, loving, braggart, two-faced, proud, wild, messy, neat, joyful, quiet, curious, witty, fighter, cheerful, calm, rude, mean, clever, sly, regretful, sorry, apologetic, persistent, frustrated, homesick, lonely, sneaky, patient, worried, wistful, dissatisfied, artist, creative, helpful, hopeful, disobedient, trustworthy, reliable, steadfast, curious, observant, exhausted, conscientious, discouraged, protective, musical, imitative, teaser, flirtatious, strong-willed, clumsy, accident-prone, embarrassed, secretive, gossiper, impatient, entertaining, intriguing, crooked, studious, intelligent, humorous, reliable, energetic, thoughtful, loyal, ambitious, independent, capable, dependable, fair, self-confident, serious, meticulous, eager, obedient, warm-hearted, observant, quiet, talented, unselfish, intrepid, driven, adventurous, honest, affectionate, cooperative, determined, imaginative, creative, responsible, brilliant, lively,
dauntless, bold, inventive, fidgety, dutiful, exuberant, enthusiastic, trustworthy, polite, timid, optimistic, quick, skillful, secure, artistic, active, courageous, considerate, diligent, curious, respectful, mannerly, lovable, immaculate, conscientious, successful, humble, helpful, clever, efficient, hospitable, witty, pleasant, persistent, sincere, risk-taking, friendly
Now that I have shown you how author’s include character traits in their writing, it is your turn. You can place a sticky note on the pages where you find character traits. Identify the character trait on the sticky note, then place it on the page.
Writing From Parent’s Point of View (or the Teacher Could Fill These Out)
Character Trait: Perseverance
A sentence (or more) to explain how your child displays this trait:
Ashleigh wants to take three Fine Arts credits in the Fall so she is studying 3-5 hours of U.S. History as an independent study this summer. She had to ask the office, the Guidance counselor, the Superintendent, her parents, and her teacher for permission. She also has to do the work. Even though there was no easy answer, she did not give up until she figured out how to get the answer she needed.
Character Trait: Acceptance
Andrew walked hand in hand with his younger cousin patiently listening to his stories and playing games on the Wii until the younger ones went home.
Character Trait: ____________________________________
A sentence to explain how your child displays this trait:
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