Objective: Making inferences about characters helps readers connect with and understand them better.
When we think about characters we know that they act or do thing things in books. People do things in real life and have feelings. If I fall in a mud puddle, I might be embarrassed because my clothes are wet. If I jump in Lake Michigan, I am excited because I get to go swimming. If I am trying to water ski behind a boat, I might get frustrated if I fall down. My feelings change depending on my actions. If I look at the illustrations in books and read the words, I can figure out what the character is feeling.
Gretchen Owocki in her book, Comprehension Strategic Instruction for K-3 published by http://www.heinemann.com was my starting point for this idea. “No, David! by David Shannon http://www.amazon.com/No-David-Shannon/dp/0590930028/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1231136968&sr=8-2 is a book about boy named David who gets in trouble with his mom. The teacher uses this book’s illustrations to discuss what feelings can be inferred about this little boy. When I taught the lesson I used these character traits: mischievous, surprised, energetic, naughty, obnoxious, silly, gross, upset, curious, nosy, rambunctious, disgusting, messy, dangerous, frustrated, loving, relieved.
How do you know what the character is feeling? David is messy because he _______. The text is helping me or the picture is helping me to figure it out __________. I know that David is messy because when I eat food and it is all over my mouth my mom says that I am messy.
After finishing a whole group example, the students take this lesson into small group and individual stories.