It always cracks me up to read the thinking of my middles. I was really happy to see that many of them could be insightful about a character. Often I get the "He is nice, he is kind" blah, blah, BLECH! Once we started to understand that we could learn about a character based on how other's perceived him, as well as dialogue amongst other characters we created another chart.
We went back into our text and found direct, cited evidence about Percy Jackson. Based on this we had to share what we thought about Percy. I pushed them to really look for evidence based on the thoughts and actions of other characters in relation to Percy. This was difficult at first, but I've noticed as we are progressing through the text it is getting easier for them. Every time we cold read a chapter my students are looking for this type of evidence. The post it notes are mounting inside of the books. Students are practicing chunking text with a purpose, which I am hoping will translate into their writing about the text this coming week.
Next up: Challenge/Response and The Hero's Journey.
What is keeping your students motivated during these snowy winter months? Are you reading something that is lighting a fire with your students? I'd love to hear about it!