Sunday, April 7, 2013

English Language Development - Comparing and Contrasting Characters

I have been working with my class, most of whom are ELL students, to learn how to use specific adjectives to describe nouns. 

Here's a couple of activities that I've done with them over the past week. 

First, I read aloud the book: Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. 


We made a chart that said:
         Title                                   Characters                                            Adjectives
     The Rainbow Fish                 Rainbow fish, blue fish, octopus          Mean, nice, lonely

The next day we read: Swimmy by Leo Lionni

We added to the chart:
    Title                                   Characters                                            Adjectives
    Swimmy                            Swimmy, big fish, red fish                    Lonely, sad, happy, smart

Then we compared the characters by talking with a partner using the sentence stem:
They both ___________. (They both felt lonely) (They both were fish in the ocean).

We contrasted the characters by talking with a partner using the sentence stem:
The two stories were different because _______________. (The two stories were different because only Swimmy's family got eaten). Etc.

After our read-alouds and discussion we did a character and setting reflection sheets. 

We continued this topic later on during the week using the stories:
Henny Penny by Vivian French and Chicken Little by Steven Kellogg.






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