I will be sharing my thoughts and takeaways from Goal 6 - Thinking About Characters. If you would like to read about the first five goals, check them out here:
Strategy 6.3 - Put On the Character's Face
This is a strategy that I have used before, and I decided to share it because if you haven't done it, you have to! This strategy is basically what it says above - the reader makes the face the character makes at a certain point in a story. This strategy seems so basic, but it really helps us put ourselves into the story, make inferences about the way a character feels, use visualization, and even make real-life connections.
How much fun would it be to pass a small mirror around the guided reading table to let students look at their "character face"?
Serravallo includes a photo of an anchor chart titled "How do they feel", along with pictures of children showing different feelings. It would be fun to take pictures of your students making different faces to show feelings and make an anchor chart out of the pictures! If you're short on time, I made a feelings poster that prints on standard-sized paper. You could make a few copies and slip them into page protectors for repeated use! Click here to download the poster!
Strategy 6.7 - Role-Playing Characters to Understand Them Better