Lesson 2

Using illustrations to better understand characters

Essential Question:

How does using details describing actions, thoughts, and feelings make stories more interesting?

Common Core Learning Standards

R.L. 2.7 Describe illustrations and how they support the text.

R.L 2.6 Use close reading to find text evidence that supports the relationships between characters.

Engage

People have wants and needs.

Needs = are things that are necessary, such as food, water, shelter, and clothing.

Wants = are things that people want to have but do not need to live.

It is important that a person's needs must be met before he or she spends money on wants.


Review on the major events in Alexander, Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday.

Alexander gets money from his grandparents; Alexander spends or loses his money.


Let's visit the illustrations in the book through Page 15.

-What does the illustrations in the book tell you about Alexander?


Remember the essential Question:

How does using details describing actions, thoughts, and feelings make stories more interesting?

Read Aloud

Read aloud Pp. 1-15. Have students join in the reading as they are feeling comfortable.

Sample Questioning

What did Anthony's brother suggest he buy with his money?

What did Alexander want to save up his money for?

How does the illustrations on these pages (pp. 5-6) help deepen readers' understanding of Alexander's feelings?

How can you describe Alexander's brother based on the illustrations?

How can you tell the relationships between the brother and Alexander?

Active Engagement

Let's look on page 5-6 and using the sentence starter to complete your sentence.


The picture shows _________________________________________.


What is going on in the picture?

How is the character feeling? How do you know?

Group Time

Working with your reading partners, use the picture and write 3-4 sentences about what do you see in the picture. Explain how and Why the character is feeling.


A-B readers write 1-2 sentence

C-E readers write 2-3 sentences

E and above write 3-4 sentences.

Share/ Wrap Up