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Understanding Characters Through Writing and Drawing

Written by Fountas and Pinnell Team | Wed, Apr 1, '20

Understanding Characters Through Writing and Drawing

Choose a book with strong characters. It can be a book that you read to or with your child, or one that your child has read independently. Create a graphic organizer: draw a grid with three columns and three rows, like a tic tac toe board. In the first column, have your child write the names of three characters. In the second column, 

have them write down a defining quality/trait of that character, like, "brave" or "loyal." In the third column, invite your child to draw a picture representing that character.

Encourage your child to talk about their graphic organizer: explain why each character was chosen, why they selected each character’s quality/trait (cite examples from the book) and describe their drawing.