Update: Facebook Fun

I realized that I never gave an update to our Number the Stars Facebook character analysis!

The students LOVED this project and I can’t wait to implement it for other novels we read ūüôā

To finish up the Facebook page, each group decided on something their character would write on each of the other characters’ “wall”. They typed this up and we attached them to the page, so each character has a wall post from the other three. They were so creative!

They also typed up their list of character traits and support (a quote/phrase from the book) and we included this under “Analysis” on the back of the page, under the wall posts.

After the Facebook pages were done, each group created a life size cut-out of their character, adding physical features as described in the book. We hung these up in the hallway, along with the Facebook pages. The students also wrote poems about characters from the book, so we hung these up as well. The display looks awesome!  Unfortunately, our classroom is on the top floor Рit is only 4th and 5th up that high, so not too many people ever venture up to see it. But we have gotten many compliments from parents and others who have passed by.

Check out the finished products!

In case you are interested, here is the link to my TpT store where I have my Facebook Profile Page for sale: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Facebook-Profile-Page-Character-Analysis

Can you think of other fun ways to incorporate this into your classroom? I was thinking that it would be fun to do when learning about famous people from history, such as presidents or inventors. Any other ideas??

Facebook Fun!

As I mentioned in my last post, we are currently reading¬†Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. The kids are SO into this book – every day, they beg to read “just one more chapter”!

In order to help my students get a better look at the characters in the novel, they are doing a character analysis in groups. Each group chose a character from the novel to focus on.

Their first task was to create a list of 5-10 personality traits as well as quotes/sentences that supported each trait. They next made a list of physical traits, describing what their character looks like. If it wasn’t talked about much, I had them describe what they THINK their character would look like.

I then explained that they would be creating a mock Facebook profile page for their character – and let me just say, they got SO excited! Most of them know what Facebook is due to a parent or relative having an account, and they thought it was so cool that they would get to make one for someone!

I¬†created a mock Facebook profile page for each group to fill out about their character, which includes information such as birthday/age, relationship status, hometown, favorite tv show/book/movie, about me, and “likes”. It also has spots for two “friends” at the bottom, including their picture, name, and relationship to the character. On the back, there is room for “wall posts” from other characters – I plan to have my students write on each other’s “walls” as their characters. There is also an analysis section, where I will ask the students to write their list of character traits and support from the book.

My students started working on this today and were having so much fun! They were asked to create a rough draft of sorts, so that they knew what they were going to write on the actual page and could copy it neatly. They used what they knew about their character from the book to create the page, and they are looking great so far!

This group is almost done – they just have to go over their words in black pen:


You can check out the page on my TpT site: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Facebook-Profile-Page-Character-Analysis

Do you do anything like this with your class?? I’d love to hear about it!!

Post #20

[This post was written way back in the middle of December and I am just now getting around to publishing it…sorry for the absence!]

I have finally made it to post #20! Yippee!

We are reading the book The Family Under the Bridge throughout the month of December. Because we usually take a break from our Harcourt stories this month, I wanted to make sure we were still covering comprehension skills, literary elements, and vocabulary.

After each chapter that we read, the students answer comprehension questions that I found on this website. Each student has a copy of the questions and they record their answers in their reading journal. In addition to the questions, they also must go through each chapter and find at least THREE vocabulary words whose meanings they may not know. Now, several of my students have great vocabulary, but there are some toughies in this book, so my kiddos have not really had trouble with this at all. I require them to write down the word and its definition after looking it up. At the end of the book, I will compile a list of all of their vocabulary words and we will study these as a class and take a short quiz on their definitions.

One literary element that is easy to discuss with this book is characterization. Armand, the main character, is the perfect character for this! We talked about why authors include so much information about certain characters. We looked at the main ways that authors reveal the personality of the characters – through words, thoughts, and actions.

I then split my kids into groups to dive further into this topic. Each group was given the task of creating a life size portrait of Armand…

All 4 groups traced a group member but added a little extra “flub” around the middle, because Armand is portrayed as a rather large hobo. They turned out GREAT! After sketching and illustrating their portrait of Armand, they had to find examples from the book that reveal his character through his thoughts, words, and actions (2 of each). They typed these up and glued them on their portrait – some were super clever and attached his thoughts in a thought bubble, his words in a speech bubble, and his actions near his hands or feet! They are so creative ūüôā

Finally, they had to type a short summary of Armand’s character, bringing in what they learned from his thoughts, words, and actions.

Overall, I was really impressed with their work. They did a great job of finding examples and creating a summary.

    Here are the final portraits!

 РHere is a sample summary.

There are so many good characters in the novels we read this year; I think I will continue this activity for others because they enjoyed it so much and learned from it as well!

*Now that we are done with the book, we looked back at their character descriptions and saw how much Armand changed throughout the story! It was neat to have the concrete evidence from the beginning right in front of us so we could really observe the changes in the protagonist*