Monday, April 27, 2015

Quick Character Assessment- The Westing Game

So, we started The Westing Game almost two weeks ago and we just finished chapter 4 today. I told y'all...we are taking it SLOW! After reading the first three chapters, we took a mini break to really analyze and understand the characters. One of my favorite activities was this quick assessment that I used as a homework assignment. We took two of the characters (Barney Northrup and Grace Wexler) and drew them using key details from the text. We also wrote down everything we knew about them (along with traits). This was just after chapter 1, so there wasn't a lot of information to go on, but enough to get a good idea of what type of character they were. Ideally, I would have liked for them to cite where they found the details of the character's physical appearance, as well as supporting evidence for their traits, but this was a homework assignment and I only have 30 copies of the books (enough for one class, not all three). It made for a quick assessment, though! And can we just talk about how great these illustrations are??? Love!

For those of you who have asked about my central questions for this novel, I am in the process of writing all of them and uploading. I was hoping to upload yesterday, but I went and saw The Age of Adaline instead. Let me know if you've seen it and your thoughts! I had some issues with it! 

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  1. I saw Age of Adaline this weekend too! I thought it was interesting but it was not at all what I was expecting because it was so predictable. I love your blogs and look forward to reading them each week :)

  2. I had my kids do this yesterday, but they didn't turn out near as good as yours! However, they had a lot of fun with it, and it's interesting to see their perspectives! Thanks for the idea! :)

  3. I would love resources for this novel study when they're uploaded! Thanks for taking the time to share! :)
    -Fellow Fifth Grade Teacher

  4. This is the best! I'm a little late to the party...and I cannot find the central question upload. Would you mind emailing them to me or directing me to the link, please? Thank you so much for an incredibly creative way to teach this novel!