The Watsons Go To Birmingham -1963, written by Christopher Paul Curtis, Body Biography Project Bundle, is filled with a unique characterization activity for this meaningful, memorable, and timeless novel. Your students will find plenty of opportunities for discovering textual evidence, creativity, and comprehension. Teachers and students will experience the unique approach of using a collaborative poster, The Watsons Go To Birmingham novel study unit, finding textual evidence, character development, research, and the body biography project.
The group project bundle includes 5 characters. Give your students a relevant and modern experience while promoting the 4 C’s and achievement. I adapted the body biography concept to align with citing textual evidence, character traits, research, and inference skills.
Includes 5 choices:
★ Each poster is a character from the novel.
★ A complete answer key for each character!
★ It comes in line art for your students to add color and design.
★ The poster is 32 inches high by 10 inches wide. It requires 4 pages each.
★ Grading Rubric and Reflection Questions
★ Bonus – characterization pre-planning sheets for each character! Great for students who are absent, notebook pages, or just to take notes prior to filling in the poster.
★ Google Slides version for your edtech needs.
★ Student handout that explains each part of the body biography project and character analysis (there are 12 parts).
★ Teacher set up directions, learning objective / learning outcomes, background, tips, and CCSS
★ Group Work Rubric and Group Work Reflection Questions
★ Content Response Rubric NEW!
★ Body Biography Content Checklist NEW!
Here is your character study list:
Kenny Watson (comes with completed example)
What’s the Student Objective?
•Review what is supportive evidence.
•Define the literary term “character trait” and explore how to provide details that support their inferences (apply this skill similar to exploring a fictional text).
•Use the novel, class notes, and web resources to research the character (subject), then cite textual evidence to find accurate and descriptive word choice.
•Fill out the Body Biography graphic organizer/poster
Group work should promote:
•Intellectual understanding, abilities, and skills.
•Communication, cooperative and teamwork skills such as planning. management, leadership and peer support.
•Personal growth (increased self-esteem and self-confidence).
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★This resource works really well with the original text and or the movie version of The Watsons Go To Birmingham. Answers will vary in your classroom.
Directions are clear and explicit.
Danielle Knight Copyright 2023