Lessons & Units :: Character 3rd Grade Unit

Lesson 1: Identifying Descriptive Language

Lesson Plan

Mr. George Baker | 520L

Mr. George Baker
Learning Goal
Identify descriptive language in the text that describes a character.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Direct Teaching/Guided Practice Example Chart, “Ludwig Van Beethoven” Independent Practice Passage, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest, chart paper, markers
  • Teacher Modeling

    will begin reading aloud Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest and charting examples of descriptive phrases used to describe Mr. George Baker for the first 4–6 pages. (Direct Teaching and Guided Practice Example Chart is provided below in Teacher and Student Materials.)

  • Think Check

    Ask: How did I identify descriptive language from the story? Students should respond that you read the text and choose words and phrases that describe the character, Mr. Baker.

  • Guided Practice

    will finish reading Mr. George Baker and charting more examples of descriptive words used to describe Mr. George Baker. (Direct Teaching and Guided Practice Example Chart is provided below.) We will discuss why the author used these words and how these descriptive words and phrases provide better descriptions than overused words such as “nice,” “pretty,” or “bad.” We will identify other words the author could have used to describe Mr. George Baker.

  • Independent Practice

    will read a passage about a real musician, Ludwig Van Beethoven. You will identify descriptive language in the passage that describes Beethoven. (Student Independent Practice is provided below.)

Build Student Vocabulary flatter

Tier 2 Word: flatter
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story When George’s wife tells him that she loves him, he says, “Why Mrs. B! You flatter me!”
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) Flatter means to give a compliment or kind remark to someone. When George said Mrs. Baker flattered him, he meant she was giving him a compliment or kind remark.
Students repeat the word Say the word flatter with me: flatter.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts I flatter my mom by telling her that her cake is the best in the world. When my son got a good report card, my friend flattered me by saying, “He is smart like his mother.”
Students provide examples What is something you could say to flatter someone? Start by saying, “I could flatter _____________ by saying __________________________.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? flatter
Additional Vocabulary Words porch, crumpled

Build Student Background Knowledge

After reading the story, explain that Mr. George Baker is a jazz musician. Jazz originated as African American music in New Orleans and the South. The style of music brought together classical music of Europe with blues, ragtime, and marching band music. Jazz eventually became popular as African Americans left New Orleans for Chicago and New York City. Now Jazz music is an internationally loved type of music, known for improvisation. Play a clip of jazz music for the class, and ask them to describe it for you.

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