Purpose: To help students think more deeply about a character and reflect on story events from the character’s point of view. To help the students make connections.
Rationale: If the students understand the character and their motivation they will develop deeper meaning.
- Draw and colour a large portrait of the head and neck of a character in a book they are reading.
- Cut out portrait and attach it with a brad or staple to another sheet of drawing paper.
- Trace around the character’s head on the second page.
- Lift the portrait and draw and write about characters thoughts (what’s in their mind) on the second page. Sometimes you can add several “mind” pages to show a character’s mind at important parts of the story.
- Share the portraits with classmates and talk about the words and pictures they chose to include in the mind of their character.
Strengths: Helps clarify what things/thoughts are important to the character.