In the second phase of this two-part lesson, we will focus on connecting to the human character Fern. The students will read chapter one titled,
by. E.B. White. I will then ask the students to connect to Fern by asking them, “Have you ever felt very strongly that something was/is unfair?” The students will connect to Fern using the same connection frame that they used to connect to Wilbur. Once the students have completed their connection frames, I will have the students share their connections and the students will listen and judge the validity of the connection. Upon the completion of the lesson, I will ask the students once again to take out their Wilbur connections and place it next to their Fern connection. Next, I will ask the students to reread both of their connections and decide which character it was easier to connect with and why.
Students will reflect and respond in their writer’s logs if it was easier, more difficult, or similar to connect to a human character versus a personified animal character.