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Captivating Characters

Read and respond to the fantasy literature, comparing and contrasting characters by building your own 3-dimensional models.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Students identify the characteristics of fantasy literature. Have students read a variety of fantasy books. Students share their responses in book groups and informal discussions.
    2. Students reread texts to find quotes from favorite characters. Record quotes that exemplify characters from a variety of books.
    3. Students create 3-dimensional Crayola® Model Magic models of their favorite characters, drawing from several pieces of fantasy literature or from one book or author. Use author descriptions to trigger the imagined concept of each character. Shape Model Magic with simple tools, such as plastic forks, toothpicks, and Crayola Scissors.
    4. Build arms and other features by pressing Model Magic around drinking straws cut to size. Add fine details after major construction is completed.
    5. Texturize slightly stiffened Model Magic with tools such as combs or sandpaper. Dry.
    6. Use Crayola Washable Watercolors to add color. Dry.
    7. Share figures while engaging in comparison/contrast character discussions. Reenact portions of the story to reveal character traits. Use quotes and author descriptions to support your ideas.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

    LA: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    LA: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Students write an original scene that they will use their 3-D models to act out. The written scene should include characterization, setting, plot, point of view, tone, and style similar to that of a favorite fantasy author.

    Students create a second figurine using Crayola Model Magic. This figurine will be the student's original, drawing upon past experiences and reads for input. The originator will supply an index card of information about the figure a name, characteristics, personality, etc. of the figurine. Students can display their figurines in the classroom. When ready to create an original scene, students can pick and choose among original figures to act out their scenes.

    Students create fantasy literature trivia board games using the modeled figures as game pieces. Students compose questions about fantasy books, literary elements, and characters on question cards. The game board can be designed on poster board or the top of a sturdy box, using Crayola Markers. A spinner can be incorporated for the game or dice can be created from Model Magic.


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  • Collaboration.
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