Open-Minded Portraits
Purpose:  To help students think m ore deeply about a character and reflect on story events from the characters point of view.

Rationale:  If the students understand the character and their motivation they will develop deeper meaning.

    1.  Have students draw and color a large portrait of the head and neck of a character in a book they are reading.
    2.  Have students cut out portrait and attatch it with a brad or staple to another sheet of drawing paper.
    3.  Have students trace around the character's head on the second page.
    4.  Have students lift the portrait and draw and write about  characters thoughts on the 2nd page.
    5.  Have students 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.

Weaknesses:  Some parents may object.

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