During the last chunk of our inquiry unit, my kiddos applied their knowledge of feelings and character expression through their own stories and Readers' Theater.
Before I let my kiddos loose into their learning, we spent some time reviewing our character posters and discussing Shades of Meaning.
Kiddos continued their learning during writing by starting new books. Instead of just handing each student a book, they had to Draw It Out to plan their story. Students we required to choose two characters, a setting, problem and solution. They spent several days drawing out their ideas. Once they had their plan I was able to give them their book during writing conferences.
This inquiry unit took us through many stories, characters, emotions, and discussions. In true inquiry form, each kiddo applied all of their learning into not just their book, but Readers' Theater.
After tweaking, rethinking, and planning this unit for the third year, I can say this year was a success! I am so proud of the learning that took place. The books and acting that my students did proved that it worked!
On a side note...
The Reading Strategies Book provided so many supporting lessons to our unit. If you don't own this book, order it NOW! You won't be sorry.