Prior to the lesson the teacher should take out the Character Carousel brainstorming posters from the week before and hang them around the room.
Students will understand character traits.
Students will demonstrate comprehension of Tuck Everlasting.
1. Character Carousel brainstorming posters from weeks 1 and 2.
2. Different colored markers for each group of students
1. Divide students evenly into 6 groups and have them stand in front of
one of the character posters. Try to divide them into groups that are
different from weeks 1 and 2.
2. Hand a different colored marker to each group and assign a notetaker
for the first character. The notetaker will be responsible for
documenting any information their classmates give them.
3. Give the groups about one minute to record as much information as
they can about the character from the second week of reading on the chart paper. Allow them to add
appearances, actions, events they have taken part in, character traits,
4. After one minute, have students rotate to the next character poster and assign another notetaker.
5. Give the students about 30 seconds to read what their classmates have already written on the poster.
6. Tell students to place a star next to any piece of information they
agree with and a question mark next to any piece of information they
are not sure about.
7. Then give them another minute or so to record more information about the character's poster they are at.
8. Continue this process, alternating notetakers, until the groups have recorded information about all six characters.
9. Have students return to their seats and reflect upon what is written as a whole class. Ask them:
- Do you have any questions for any other groups after you read what was written?
- How did this activity help you to learn more about the characters?
- Why was it important to add a star next to each piece of information you agreed with?
- What new pieces of information did you learn about the characters of Tuck Everlasting?
10. Students can add new descriptions to their character section in their packets.
Monitor the information students added to each character.
Benchmark or Standards:
The Standards for the English Language Arts:
Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret,
evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience,
their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of
word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies,
and their understanding of textual features.