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Smart Understanding of Characters w/ Smartphones

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Keywords: Smart Board, point-of-view, character traits, characterization, Novel, Reading, English/Language Arts, tablets, Smartphone, Dell
Subject(s): Speech and Language, History, Autism, Technology, Social Skills, Social Studies, Information Skills, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 5 through 8
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
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. Students will use their mobile devices as "clickers" in order to determine whether the passage 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.
•Another member of the group will be using their mobile device to determine if the conversation is being demonstrated in 1st or 3rd person point of view.
•Following each interview, the group member will use their mobile device and display whether they thought the person demonstrated 1st or 3rd person point of view. Then the rest of the class will share whether they agree or not, explaining why or why not they agree/disagree.
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: Word Processor, Writing, Literacy, Reading, English/Language Arts, Memory Cards, Pen Readers, Wacom Tablets, Projector Screens, Projectors, Whiteboards, Student Resources, Autism, Speech and Language
Other Items: 6 Dell Venue Smartphone, $400.00 each, total of $2400.00