Module 7: Characters - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this unit students will review the things that all stories have in common. They will also learn some academic vocabulary words to use when they talk or write about stories.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Spelling 3: Practice 1 None
2 Character Traits independent reading book
pen or pencil
3 Developing Characters independent reading book
pen or pencil
4 Novel Characters independent reading book
pen or pencil

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Spelling 3: Practice 1
2 Character Traits
  1. Describe a story's characters in terms of character traits.
3 Developing Characters
  1. Identify and use several methods for communicating a character's traits.
4 Novel Characters
  1. Describe the characters in a novel.
  2. Distinguish between precise and imprecise verbs.
  3. Edit writing to make the verbs more precise.

Module Key Words:

Key Words Spelling Words
main character
character traits
character development

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
3 Developing Characters 3 Developing Your Characters Assignment
4 Novel Characters 2 Novel Characters Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Spelling 3: Practice 1 To prepare for the Spelling 3: Spelling Test, have your student practice their spelling words over the coming weeks.
2 Character Traits
3 Developing Characters
4 Novel Characters

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Character Traits
  1. What are character traits?
  2. How can you identify the traits of a character in a story?
Developing Characters
  1. What are some ways to develop characters in a story?
Novel Characters
  1. What is the difference between a precise verb and an imprecise verb?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Character Traits Character Traits
  1. What are some ways that you learn about characters in a story?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing