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OPen-mind Portrait

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Transcript of OPen-mind Portrait

What is an "Open Mind Portrait"?
Instructional Focus on Comprehension

Grade Levels:
3-5
6-8

In order to think more deeply about a literary character and reflect on the events of a story, students draw open mind portraits of a character consisting of two parts:
the characters face on the top, AKA the "portrait" and
one or several "thinking" pages showing the characters mind at pivotal points in the story
How to use "Open-Mind Portraits"
Step 1: Make a portrait of a character
Students draw and colour a large portrait of the head and neck of a character

Step 2: Cut out or draw the "thinking" pages to match the portrait
the "thinking" pages should have a silhouette of the "portrait" and they should be fastened together to create a booklet

Step 3: Design the "thinking" pages
Students draw and write about the character's thoughts on the "thinking" pages. Illustrations and symbols should represent the characters thoughts at key points in the story

Step 4: Share the completed Open-mind Portraits
Students share their portraits with classmates and discuss their illustrations
When to use "Open-Mind Portraits"
Language arts and novel studies

History and Social Studies
Political and Historical figures can be represented in an Open-Mind Portrait

Biographies

Personal Portraits
Teachers can use this exercise to get to know students



Benefits of "Open-Mind Portraits"
Open-Mind Portraits allow students to think more deeply about a literary character

The students need to reread the story to recall specific details about a character, giving the student a chance to review

Open-Mind Portraits can extend a students comprehension of the character as well as the text

The exercise is an excellent introduction to character, plot, and theme analysis for younger students
Why use "Open-Mind Portraits"?
A focus on a character of the story rather than plot can broaden the students' perspective of a novel

Recalling attributes of a character gives the students a chance to review the plot

Students gain a greater understanding of characterization and its contribution to plot development

Students are able to link the characteristics to the plot and therefor identify a theme or themes

Open-mind Portrait
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