Procedure Day Two:
Review the concept of a “character" with your students. Then say, “Sometimes a character changes in a story. Today we will read about a little bunny. I want you to be able to describe what the bunny was like at the beginning of the story and what he was like at the end. Also be able to describe what adventure or activity caused the change."
Students will see that Buddy never listened to his parents. After a scary experience he realized that listening is important.
Hand out the printable worksheet to the students and ask them to fill it out.
An Additional Book for Character Analysis:
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes: This is a great book for discussing the changes that a character can make in the story. Lilly starts out as a positive-thinking, polite and helpful character. Next she turns into an exuberant and impatient character. Then she is angry. From there she is sorry, brave and finally happy again. The children will enjoy discussing the dynamics of Lilly. Compare Lilly with her teacher, the other character in the book.
Don’t Forget Real Characters!
Common Core Standards require that non-fiction books be a mainstay of the first grade reading program. So it is important to include non-fiction books with interesting characters. Include books that you are using in Science, Social Studies or for a particular classroom theme and do cross-curricular activities. Suggestions might include a book about Albert Einstein, Wilma Rudolph or Johnny Appleseed.
Character Dress-Up Day!
Children can dress up as a character from a book! The student must provide the actually book or a card with the title and author. The student must be able to describe the character and share some of the character’s activities with the class. Provide students with a letter to their parent about dressing up like their favorite book character.
Freeman, Don. Corduroy. Puffin Books, 1968.
Lester, Helen. Listen Buddy. Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
Henkes, Kevin. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Greenwillow Books, 1996.
Harrison, David. Johnny Appleseed. Random House, 2001.
Berne, Jennifer. On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein. Chronicle Books, 2013.
Krull,Kathleen. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman. HMH Books for Young Children, 2000.