Toolkit

TOOLKIT: CHARACTER STORY

THEME: STORIES
SUBJECT: LANGUAGE ARTS
ARTIST: BILL WOODROW / GREER LANKTON
GRADE: recommended 3rd-12th grade
 
OBJECTIVES
Students understand the elements of a story.
Students create a story and narrative based on visual cues and inspiration.
 
KEY QUESTIONS
1. What are your favorite stories? What do you like about them?
2. What makes a good story?
3. What are the important elements of a story?
 
VISUAL REFERENCES
1. Ship of Fools: Discovery of Time (1986) by Bill Woodrow
2. It’s all about ME, Not You (1996) by Greer Lankton
 
ACTIVITY

Imagine a room in a house. Draw or create a model of this room. Think carefully about how the different objects, colors and patterns in the room tell a story. Write about the person or family that lives in that room. Pay attention to detail to tell a more interesting story of the character(s) you have created. 

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PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
LANGUAGE ARTS


Narratives:
 (CC.1.4.3.M-CC.1.4.12.M)
-write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events
 
Narrative Focus:
 (CC.1.4.3.N-CC.1.4.5.N)
-orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters.
(CC.1.4.6.N-CC.1.4.8.N)
-engage and orient the reader by establishing a context (problem, situation, or observation) and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters
 
Narrative Content:
(CC.1.4.3.O-CC.1.4.5.O)
-use dialogue and descriptions to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations; use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely
(CC.1.4.6.O-CC.1.4.8.O)
-use narrative techniques such as dialogue, description, reflection, and pacing to develop experiences, events, and/or characters; use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events
 
Narrative Style:
 (CC.1.4.3.Q)
-choose words and phrases for effect
(CC.1.4.4.Q)
-choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely
(CC.1.4.5.Q)
-write with an awareness of style, using sentences of varying length; expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style
(CC.1.4.6.Q-CC.1.4.12.Q)
-writing with an understanding of stylistic aspects of writing including: precise language; varied structure and language chosen for style and audience; developing and maintaining a consistent, specific voice



 
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