Student Teacher: Lindsey Lampognana
Lesson Date: October 3, 2016

Grade Level: 4
Name of Lesson: Character Timelines

Content Standard (This may include GLEs, District Power Standards, and/or CMT/CAPT Strand):

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing
inferences from the text.
Student Learning Objective(s)
What is the intended learning outcome of this lesson? Be sure it is observable and includes clear
NOTE: use Bloom’s Taxonomy to assist this work. Are there students who will require an
accommodation or modification to meet this lesson’s objective?
Students will use ThingLink to create timelines
consisting of a minimum of 5 points representing
(with evidence from the text) how each
character changes through the chapters.
Rationale for Objective: How does this lesson support previous and subsequent learning?
This lesson supports the students’ previous learning of the third grade standard:

Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions
contribute to the sequence of events.
This lesson will support the students’ subsequent learning of the fifth grade standard:

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences
from the text.
State the specific strategy (ies) and tool(s) used to collect the data for each SLO (i.e., essays,
projects, quizzes, exit slip, worksheet, etc.). Are there students who will require an accommodation
or modification to this lesson’s assessment?
Students will be using ThingLink to create a
timeline for each of the main characters
representing how they change throughout the
Materials/Resources needed for this lesson


Book for each student
Computer for each student

Rev. 7/2015

 Computer with enlarged screen and
 Book with enlarged font

Cite how you will engage learners, activate prior learning and present the lesson’s objective.
Explaining: A) What they will be doing and learning in the lesson; B) How they will demonstrate
learning; C) Why it is important to their everyday lives.
To introduce our new book Because of Winn Dixie, I will play the trailer to the movie that came out
in 2005. I will explain that we will be reading this book as a class and examining how each of the
characters changes over time. I will point out that we will be using the technology “ThingLink” to
keep track of the changes as we read. Noticing the changes and reflecting on them is important
because it shows growth (whether it is negative or positive) and shows that we are creating a
connection with the characters and better understanding the text.

Lesson Development
Cite how you will provide opportunities for the students to construct meaning. List the
steps/process you will follow. Be sure to identify how you will check for understanding and collect
formative data. Are there students who will require an accommodation or modification in order to
be active participants in this lesson?
1. Hand out a copy of the book to each
Students with disabilities pertaining to their eyes
student and remind students to post-it
can use a version of the book with large font for
note where/when something happens that reading and a computer with an enlarged screen
represents a character’s personal trait.
and keyboard to create their ThingLink.
(i.e. How did a character handle a
situation? Does their response to that
situation make them smart, wild, positive,
2. Read the first two chapters aloud.
3. Have students go to their computers and
start their ThingLinks.
How will you question students in order to evaluate if the objective(s) was met? How will you help
students to connect this lesson to previous and subsequent lessons as well as connect to their own
lives? How will you help the students see the relevancy of the lesson by understanding the
purpose/importance of the learning?
Questions to Close:
 What characters were introduced to us today?
 What did we learn about them? (Have students share what they wrote on their ThingLink.)
 How do you think these characters’ personalities and traits will influence the storyline?
 Does someone in the story remind you of someone you know or of a character in another
book you have read? Explain.


Rev. 7/2015