To connect literature to personal emotions by describing characters and comparing/contrasting those emotions to real-life experiences
Corresponding SEL Skills
● Label and recognize own and others’ emotions
● Analyze emotions and how they affect others
● Evaluate others’ emotional reactions
● Reflect on how current choices affect future
Students will examine how emotions impact characters’ lives, and draw connections to reflect on how emotions affect their own lives and the people around them.
Students will identify character emotions demonstrated in a literary text and relate them to their own lives.
Student Activity: Double-Entry Journal
Ask for volunteers to share their responses. Remind students that we all go through these types of emotions and it is important to be able to identify them so we have strategies in the future. As an extension activity, you could ask students to brainstorm coping strategies for dealing with different types of negative emotions like sadness or disappointment.
Who: This Social Emotional Learning (SEL) reading lesson plan is effective for grades 1-5 and all levels of readers.
What: Through the incorporation of SEL, students can draw conclusions about the characters in a text and make connections to their own lives.
Where: This lesson plan can be used in language arts or in any subject where students are working with literary texts.
When: This lesson plan is geared towards whole group instruction and individual practice. It can be used at any point during the school year.
Why: The activity presented in the lesson plan is a good framework for promoting self-awareness, social awareness, and responsible decision making skills.