Since this month’s focus is ‘Teaching Reading with iPads,’ our weekly ‘Techie Lunch’ iPad/tech training session concentrated on Character Analysis and Predictions. We have already covered Active Reading for Main Idea and Sequencing. The educators in attendance during their lunch period were 2nd and third grade teachers, so we had a conversation geared toward this level of students.
After some discussion about Bloom’s Taxonomy, and the importance of students being able to show understanding by accessing the higher levels, we came up with some ideas for lessons on Character Analyis:
1. (Character’s Description) – Whiteboard, Doodle Buddy or Jot! – Students draw a picture of the main character using a whiteboard app.
2. (Character’s Language/Dialogue) – PaperDesk, NoteMaster, ScreenChomp, Skitch or Notability – Students take a picture from their printed story, and then highlight something that the character said that illustrates one of their character traits.
3. (Other Characters’ Reactions to Character in Question) – ToonTastic or PuppetPals – Have students assign characters from their story to figures in the apps. Have them re-enact scenes from memory from their story.
For Predicting, students have to understand all the elements of the story AND have a good grasp on human nature in order to predict what will happen next in a story, which is why active readers should always be pausing to try and figure out what will happen next, just as we try to solve the case in less time than it takes Bones and Booth.
1. (Predicting Character Actions) – ToonTastic or PuppetPals – Similar to #3, above, but give them a situation NOT in the story, and have them show you how the characters in the story might react to the new situation, or if you are only part way through the text, what they think the characters might do next in the story.
2. (Predicting Plot) – iBrainstorm, Popplet or Corkulous – Plot out main parts (even as simple as beginning, middle, end), of the plot on either poppies or sticky notes, and put them in the right order. Change the color of the notes or popples and have them continue on with the story sequence. They could even then change the colors all back to the original color, exchange iPads, and have their neighbor put them all back in order, changing the color of the predicted ones once they get there (so you know they know which parts haven’t really happened yet). If the students understand cause/effect the plot so far, and any characters involved, they should be able to put them all back together.
What other lessons have you found to be successful?