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Learn more about character web

Alternatives to the famous person report
In Rethinking Reports, page 3.1
This "rethinking reports" series of articles provides alternative research assignments that challenge students to think critically about historical actors.
By David Walbert and Melissa Thibault.
The Greensboro Sit-ins
Students will explore the Greensboro Sit-ins. They will experience segregation through drama, research the people involved in the protest at Woolworth's, and then stage a re-enactment of the event.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Information Skills, Social Studies, and Theater Arts Education)
By Lucinda Gainey.
Cooperation, trust, and interdependence
This activity involves two group initiatives designed to give students the opportunity to experience what it is like to depend on others for their safety. These initiatives will be used to explore trust, cooperation and interdependence while using problem-solving skills and effective communication.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Guidance)
By Laura Janson.
Reading picture books: resources for teachers
Illustrations, picturebook finding aids, and great picture book websites.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Integrating the internet into the Curriculum: Eric Carle author study
Eleven different activities focusing on books by author/illustrator Eric Carle will be used to integrate the curriculum. Each activity will take about 30 minutes with a class multimedia presentation created at the conclusion.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Information Skills)
By Barb Thorson.

Find all 57 resources in our collection.

Organizing tool in which students identify primary traits of characters in books and plays in a visual or graphic format.

See also graphic organizer.

Examples and resources

See Inspiration for more information on character webs.