Home Works Elementary Education Distance Learning Curriculum

Developed by: Sarah N.

Edited by Miranda C.

Essential Question

How do characters in stories respond to major events and changes in their life?

Background Knowledge

Students should know:

  • A character is a person, animal, being, creature, or thing in a story. The characters perform actions and speak. 
  • A major event is an event that occurs throughout the story that impacts the characters in a big way.
  • A challenge is something that needs great mental or physical effort in order to be done successfully and therefore test a person’s ability.

Materials

  • If the students have a book, they can use one that shows a student overcoming a challenge in the story (I will use The Three Little Pigs)
  • Paper (copy paper)
  • Pencil 
  • Crayons/Colored Pencils

Safety

None

Activity Procedure

Step 1: To begin the lesson, make sure you have all your materials that you need next to you.

Step 2: To start off, remind yourself of the background knowledge listed above. This will be important for this activity.

What are the differences between major events and challenges?

Step 3: Next, I want you to think about a book, television show, or movie that has a character in it that overcame a challenge or major event.

How do characters in stories respond to major events and changes in their life?

Step 4: On your piece of paper, I want you to write down everything that character did to overcome that challenge or major event.

How do we know if a person has overcome a challenge or major event?

Step 5: Now, I want you to think about a time that you have overcome a challenge or major event in your life. I want you to write down everything that you did to overcome that challenge or event. 

Step 6: With your chosen book and personal story, I want you to create a Venn-Diagram comparing and contrasting your challenge with the challenge of the character in the book. 

How do different people react to different situations?

Step 7: Now, draw a series of pictures from before the challenge to the result of the challenge. Draw out the character’s actions and write captions under the picture to explain what/how the character is doing or feeling throughout the pictures.

How does a challenge in someone’s life help them to grow as a person?

Step 8: With parent/guardian permission, share the results of your activity on social media using #AUHomeWorks!


Last modified: November 12, 2020