Over the past few days we&#x2019;ve been talking about putting ourselves in the character&#x2019;s shoes to help make a connection between what we have learned about a character and why they act the way they do\n
Good readers think and talk about an issue from someone else's perspective. Watch how I select a character from the Rag Coat story. Then I&#x2019;m going to think about how the issues in the story affect him/her. I&#x2019;m going to ask myself, "How would I feel if I were them?" Then I&#x2019;m going to stop and jot my thoughts. The Rage Coat &#x2013; Lauren Mills If I were Minna's mother I would be so worried about how I could provide for my family. With her husband sick she must work twice as hard because now she is the only breadwinner of the family. I know she must feel responsible for holding the family together, and supporting them. She must sew as many quilts as possible so that she can sell them so that she will have enough money to buy food to feed her family. Minna's mother must feel so sorry that her daughter has to stay home from school to help her, but what can she do? She needs Minna at home to help take care of Clemmie and her husband.\n\n\n\n
Now you try...\nI am going to continue reading The Rag Coat, and I want you select a character from the story. Think about how what is happening in the story is affecting that character. Ask yourself, "How would I feel if I were them?"\nBe prepared to share your thoughts in a Turn and Talk.\n
So readers, today and everyday as you read, think about how issues in the story affect the different characters, and ask yourself, "How would I feel if I were them." This will help you to increase your understanding of the story. As I conference with you today, I&#x2019;ll be asking you about different perspectives in your story.\n\n\n
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