A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the methods authors use to create a character.
Read the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk, to the students. Afterwards, ask the students to suggest some words that could be used to describe the character of Jack. Record these as a mind map on the board.
Display and discuss slides 7-9. Encourage the students to suggest additional questions that could be asked when exploring the appearance, personality and feelings of a narrative character.
Revisit the fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Explain to the students that they are going to work together as a class to create a character description for the character of Jack.
Display the Exploring Characters Posters and read through the vocabulary examples used for appearance, personality and feelings. Ask the students whether any of the vocabulary used on the posters could be applied to the character of Jack. Encourage the students to provide reasons for their responses e.g. Jack was curious because he wanted to see what was at the end of the beanstalk.
Project the poster of Jack from the Fairy Tale Character Posterson the board. Around the poster, record the students’ ideas about Jack’s appearance, personality and feelings. Use different colored markers to reflect the different aspects of Jack’s character e.g. blue for appearance, green for personality and red for feelings.
View the sample responses on slides 11-13. Compare the ideas presented with those suggested by the students.
Encourage more capable students to share their ideas during the guided learning activity.
Gently guide and support less confident students to share their ideas during the guided learning activity.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities