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Who's in the Hot Seat- Characterization and Point-of-View

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Keywords: English/Language Arts, Reading, Novel, characterization, character traits, point-of-view, Smart Board, tablets
Subject(s): Social Studies, Technology, Writing, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 6 through 7
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, Marietta, GA
Planned By: Lyndsey Gresehover
Original Author: Lyndsey Gresehover, Mooresville
Objectives: Students will demonstrate an understanding of how characters change throughout a novel. They will also be able to identify 1st and 3rd person point-of-view.

NC Common Core Standards:
RL.6.3 Describe how characters change throughout a story.
RL.6.6 Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
RI.6.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

6.SI.1.3 Analyze resources for point of view, bias, values, or intent of information.
6.TT.1.1 Select appropriate technology tools to gather and share data and information (e.g., Web-based resources, e-books, online communication tools, etc.).

• Teacher will review characterization and point-of-view using interactive activities on Smart board. The activity that will be used in order to review, will require students to use their Wacom Tablets (individually or in groups) and write a sentence (which they came up with for homework). After they write their sentence on the tablets, it will also appear on the Smart board. Then other students have to decide whether it is written in 1st or 3rd person point-of-view.
• In previous class, students were assigned a specific character and were given graphic organizers to gather specific information for their assigned character. One member of each group was given the role of moderator. The moderator is responsible for coming up with interview questions to ask the "characters" in their group. Students who were assigned characters had to email their completed graphic organizer to teacher for homework. The moderators for each group also had to email their interview questions to the teacher.
• Teacher will put a member of each group’s graphic organizer on Smart Board, in order to review the various characters being addressed.
• Students will break into previously assigned groups (they were given group assignments and roles in last class).
• Begin “Hot Seat” Activity where the assigned moderator will interview the “characters” using questions that were developed in previous night's homework. Each character in the group will be interviewed, allowing students to have a better understanding of all main characters in novel, Ask Me No Questions. They will also pay special attention to how the characters changed throughout the novel.
• While the interviews are taking place, one group member will take notes, jotting down any pertinent information by writing this on their Wacom Tablets, so that the rest of the class can view after all interviews are complete.

Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This lesson integrates social studies, due to the topic being addressed in the novel, Ask Me No Questions. Students will discuss the thoughts of feelings of individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds. The teacher would also like to Skype with students from other countries, specifically students from the Middle East, which is where the characters in the novel are from. The teacher plans to connect with other classes by using education.skype.com.
Students will complete a journal entry discussing how their assigned character’s life may be different if they were US citizens. The moderator may choose one of the main characters and discuss from their perspective. This will also demonstrate the students’ understanding of 1st and 3rd person point-of-view.
Materials: Wacom Tablets, Pen Readers, English/Language Arts, Reading, Literacy, Writing
Other Items: 5 Wacom Bamboo Create Pen and Touch Student Tablet, $199.00 each, total of $995.00