At first, I did this assignment with my students, modeling what I was looking for.
I talked to my students about looking at Chapter 1 and finding a Challenge that Percy had to face. Then we had to look critically for the Response that Percy had to the Challenge. Finally, I wrote what I could infer about Percy's character.
Next, I had my students go through the chapter in their triad groups and model the same behavior. They wrote the Challenge/Response on index cards and then shared the inferences with discussion. My students continue this technique when they read and we add to the charts in our room about Percy's character. This helped us as we started to look at the archetype story of The Hero's Journey. I'll blog about that soon. My students did a fabulous job looking at this story structure!
How do you insure that your students do your "cold read?" Do you teach the Hero's Journey? I would love to hear how you use it in your classroom!
Don't forget.. There is still another day to pick up this awesome Tricky Math bundle from Educents.
There is also a huge TpT sale starting tomorrow! My store in on sale. I'm getting ready to use my Salt in His Shoes activity as I begin my biography writing unit.
It's a great way to introduce biographies and how we can pull character traits for writing from picture books. I'm also using the inspirational quotes to reinforce our character ed curriculum and as a way to create leads when we write.