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Lesson Idea Name: Character BrainPop


Content Area: Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 2nd

Content Standard Addressed: Common Core State Standards > English Language
Arts/Literacy (2010): Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and
interact over the course of a text.

Technology Standard Addressed: ISTE Standard for Teachers 1.c Promote student reflection using
collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students conceptual understanding and thinking, planning and
creative process.

Selected Technology Tool: BrainPop and PowerPoint

URL(s) to support the lesson (if applicable):


https://jr.brainpop.com/readingandwriting/storyelements/character/

Type of Instructional Software:


Drill and Practice Tutorial Simulation Instructional Game e-books/e-references

Features of this software (check all that apply):


Assessment Monitoring/Reporting
Allows teacher to create customized lessons for students
Multi-user or collaborative functions with others in the class
Multi-user or collaborative with others outside the class
Accessible to students beyond the school day
Accessible via mobile devices
Multiple languages
Safety, security and/or privacy features

Blooms Taxonomy Level(s):


Remembering Understanding Applying Analyzing Evaluating Creating

Levels of Technology Integration (LoTi Level):


Level 1: Awareness Level 2: Exploration Level 3: Infusion Level 4: Integration
Level 5: Expansion Level 6: Refinement

Lesson idea implementation:


For this lesson we will be working on understanding what a character is and how a character can develop.
This lesson will take about an hour and the students will be given a grade on the PowerPoint they create with
their group. I will introduce the lesson with the opening question, What is a character in a story and does a
character change throughout the story? I will give the students a chance to respond without acknowledging
whether their answers are accurate. It will be a time for students to throw out their ideas and all these ideas
will be viewed as relevant even if they are not correct. Next I will show the students the video on BrainPop

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about Characters. After the video I will ask the opening question again and we will discuss what they have
learned about what a character is from the video.
Next I will put the students into groups of about 3-4 kids and I will let each group pick a short book. The
students will read the book together and then they will be expected to create a PowerPoint identifying the
main character in the book. They will need to address the characters qualities as well as how the character
developed throughout the story. To conclude the lesson, I will have each group present their PowerPoint to
the class. To take the lesson a step further, I would also add the students PowerPoints to our class blog so
that everyone else can enjoy their hard work!

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