Literary Analysis – Vocabulary Character Paragraph

Warm-up: Grammar Challenge: Find the parallel structure on p. 203. What makes it parallel?

Springboard – “Bad Boy” pp. 202-207
o In your IRN, date and title your notes “Bad Boy”.
o With your shoulder partner, share your annotations, focusing on the character and his transformation. You may also use the chart on p. 208 to guide you in the process of sharing your information. (Each person will share for 2 minutes.)
o With your face partner, repeat the same process.
o As a table group, write a sentence stating the changes that occurred in Walter’s self-perception and behavior from the beginning of fifth grade to the end of sixth grade. Write this topic sentence in your IRN. (5 minutes)
o Share-aloud. Each table group will share their topic sentences.

SAR: Review/Prep
o In your IRN, record the definition of literary analysis that is on p. 211.
o Review the information in your SB about literary analysis.
o You and your table group will now create an extended short answer response. You may use the notes about a SAR paragraph that is in your IRNs.

Vocabulary Character Paragraph
o At your tables, decide which one of the following characters for which you’d like to analyse: Walter, Meg, Charles Wallace, free-choice. ( 2 minutes) For example: Carl from Up
o Think and discuss what strong noun that you’d use to characterize him or her. Challenge: Your word choice uses a stem or stems. (5 minutes) For example:  The man from Up is old, grumpy, negative, cranky. He stays by himself and doesn’t want to be bothered by anyone and acts like he has a chip on his shoulder. When I look at theses adjectives, I think of the word curmudgeon because the definition is “ill-tempered, and usually old man”.
o Now, give this character a new first name that starts with the same letter as your noun. For example, Carl Curmudgeon. (Luckily, his name already starts with the same letter.) 🙂
o Draft 1 – A paragraph that traces the character’s change. The noun that you chowse should guide what details and commentary you provide.
o Your paragraph should include:
– topic sentence
– details/example 1 from text and commentary 1
– details/example 2 from text and commentary 2
– concluding sentence
o Draft 2 – If you feel confident, you may combine this activity into Draft 1. Add the use of AWUBIS at the beginning of each sentence. Repeat AWUBIS is necessary.


9 thoughts on “Literary Analysis – Vocabulary Character Paragraph

  1. Team 3
    TS: At the beginning of fifth grade, Walter felt misunderstood and was anxious to show everyone his skills. By the end of sixth grade, he became less angry and became proud of is abilities.
    Character: Charles Wallace

  2. Team 2
    TS: Walter has a hard time accepting difficulties in his school life, which causes a rising anger from within, but eventually he learns to control himself by the end of 6th grade.
    Character: Meg

  3. Team Three

    TOPIC SENTENCE: Walter thinks of himself as intelligent but is discouraged through peer pressure, later his teachers help him realize his potential as a student, and allow him to expand on his abilities.

    Character: Walter Dean Myers

  4. Team 1

    Topic Sentence:At first, Walter feels dumb and different from his classmates, but with the help of his new teacher he realizes how smart he really is and that it is good to be different.

    Character: Charles Wallace

  5. Team 2 (the Awesomest)
    Topic Sentence: Walter is an un-intentional troublemaker just looking for a chance to show his abilities, but as time progresses he becomes more focused and a better learner with broadened horizons.
    Character: Meg

  6. Team 5

    Topic Sentence: Walter did not realize he was smart and felt discouraged, but towards the end of sixth grade, he becomes more confident of himself with the help of Mr.Lasher.

    Character: Charles Wallace

  7. Team 4
    Topic Sentence:
    Walter is misunderstood by his elementary teachers, but Mr. Lasher encourages Walter to gain self-confidence and overcome his anger.
    Charles Wallace

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