Objective: Students will be able to describe the character and setting at the beginning of the story.
* Ask students to notice the way the author describes the setting and character in the beginning of the story the read the story
* Label the setting with its symbol and how it is described with sensory detail symbols. * Ask students how the author describes the character in the beginning of the story. Label the symbols that describe the character's traits. Use the Trait Mate to fill in the symbols with information from the text. Explain that the better one can describe the character in the beginning of the story, the more interesting a story will be.
* Ask the students to turn and describe their characters to their partners, including each element of characterization.
* Model writing the beginning of a story by using the Trait Mate to write about a character and setting.
Modeled then Independent Practice
*Ask students to draw the character in the setting.
*Students will pick a character trait and describe it in the Trait Mate.
*Students will then use their Trait Mates to write single paragraphs describing the character in the setting, using each part of the Trait Mate including other elements, which might be family, likes and dislikes. Explain that after students "show" the character's traits, then they can tell it in the closing sentence of their writing.