This lesson will focus on the portrayal of animal characters with realistic human emotions in the text
by E.B. White. The students will be connecting to personified animals characters and to human character. The overall goal of this lesson is to find out whether it is more difficult, easier, or similar to connect to a personified animal character versus a real human character. This lesson is going to be taught in two parts over a two day period. The students will be comparing their connections at the end of the two- part lesson.
The students will be asked to recall the definition and provide examples of personification. I will explain to the students that the text we will be using in this lesson we have read prior to today. I will also tell the students that the text we will be using in the lesson has personified animal characters as some of the main characters. I will then ask the students if they can guess the text that we will be using in the lesson. Once the students have guessed the text I will pass out one copy of the text
by E.B. White per student. Since we have already read the book we will be focusing only on chapters one and four for this lesson. We will begin part one of this lesson with chapter 4 titled
(pages 25-31). We will read this chapter aloud using intonation to stress character emotions. The students will be asked to list the human emotions Wilbur demonstrates in this chapter using a teacher created graphic organizer.
After reading chapter four, we will discuss in an open forum what human emotions Wilbur and the other characters demonstrated in the chapter. The students will share what they wrote down on their graphic organizers during the reading with the class and the class will check over their own work and also judge if their fellow classmates are on target in their responses.
The students will then be asked to connect to Wilbur feeling lonely in chapter four. The students will recall a time in their lives when they felt lonely and how it is similar to Wilbur feeling lonely. I will provide each student with a teacher -created connection frame to organize their connection (Appendix B). The students will describe Wilbur’s experience with feeling lonely, their own experiences with feeling lonely, and how both experiences are similar or different. At the bottom of the handout, the students will list/describe what emotions Wilbur felt and what emotion they felt.
At the end of part one of the lessons, I will ask the students, “Were you able to connect to Wilbur or was it difficult because he is pig?” The students will share their responses and reflect in their writer’s log how they viewed Wilbur once he was given human emotions. The students will answer the question, “Did you, as the reader, still view Wilbur as a pig once he was given human emotions?”
Students will write the definition and examples given in class of personification. The students will also reflect on the level of difficulty they had connecting to Wilber the pig and also write how and if their view of Wilbur changed once he was given human emotions.