Lessons & Units
The looks, traits, thoughts, and relationships of a person, animal or object with life-like qualities in a text.
Lesson 1
Identify the physical attributes of a character
  • Lost!
Lesson 2
Identify the actions of a character
  • Sheila Rae, the Brave
Lesson 3
Distinguish between main and secondary characters
  • Sheila Rae, the Brave
  • Jamaica's Find
Lesson 1
Identify and describe the actions of a character
  • No, David!
  • David Gets in Trouble
Lesson 2
Identify and describe the feelings of a character based on the events in the story
  • No, David!
  • David Gets in Trouble
Lesson 3
Identify and describe a character’s physical appearance, actions, and feelings
  • David Goes To School
Lesson 1
Describe a character’s personality based on his/her actions, thoughts, and feelings
  • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
Lesson 2
Predict a character’s actions based on his/her personality
  • Julius, the Baby of the World
  • Lilly's Big Day
Lesson 3
Use descriptive language to describe a character’s personality
  • Julius, the Baby of the World
  • Lilly's Big Day

Unit Reading Passages

  • Friendly Faces
  • Friends Food Fun at the Zoo
  • Life on the Space Station
  • Native American
  • African American Leaders
Lesson 1
Identify descriptive language in the text that describes a character
  • Mr. George Baker
Lesson 2
Use evidence from the text to describe a character
  • Burnt Toast on Davenport Street
Lesson 3
Use evidence from the text to describe how a character changes throughout a story
  • Hi New Baby!

Unit Reading Passages

  • A Rally Against Poverty
  • African American Newsmakers
  • Boys' Choir of Harlem
  • Meerkat Lessons
  • My Life
Lesson 1
Identify and describe the protagonist in a story using text evidence and the term “protagonist”
  • Hansel and Gretel
Lesson 2
Identify and describe the antagonist in a story using text evidence and the term “antagonist”
  • Hansel and Gretel
Lesson 3
Identify and describe how the relationship between the protagonist and antagonist affects the plot
  • Hansel and Gretel

Unit Reading Passages

  • Deep Sea Search
  • Kid Ambassadors
  • McGwire Strikes Out
  • The Chimps Champ
  • Watch Your Commas

Character lessons can be found in the following sixth grade novel units:
America Street
Chasing Vermeer
Keeping the Night Watch and Chess Rumble
Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
The House on Mango Street
The Westing Game

Unit Reading Passages

  • Eyewitness to History
  • In the Enemy's Grip
  • Instrumental Talent
  • Kwan's Crusade