An author describes a character by using many different types of information. This can include actual descriptions of the character’s appearance or feelings and thoughts, as well as the things a character says and does. It can also include the way that other characters act towards and
react to the character.
Cite Text Evidence
Use a Web Diagram to record your ideas about Omakayas’s character. Use each bubble to describe the way a different character affects Omakayas.
Focus on pp. 9–11.
Describe how Omakayas feels about the other family members.
What does this family member do or say to Omakayas?
What does the interaction with this family member teach you about Omakayas?
Work independently to complete a Web that shows details about Omakayas’s interaction with the bears on pp. 26–32.
Writing in Response to Reading
Turn to page 125 in your Reader’s and Writer’s Journal and read the prompt: Do you think Omakayas was brave or foolish to talk to the mother bear the way that she did?
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Form and state an opinion based on analyzing text.
Capitalize titles correctly.
Forming and stating opinions based on your reading of texts will help you develop critical thinking skills. In addition, you will be asked to write opinion pieces throughout your academic careers to demonstrate that you can read a text and express your thoughts and ideas using reasoning and text evidence.
People may have multiple viewpoints on a topic, and you must examine evidence in the text to determine which view is the most reasonable to you. Before you form and state an opinion about topics or texts, you should first make sure you understand the writing activity and then reread, reflect on, and analyze the text. As you reread and research (when called upon to do research), you should take careful and concise notes from sources and the text.
After the evidence has been gathered and examined closely, you should then determine your opinion, or view, on the topic. You should state your opinion clearly in a topic sentence and then follow it with reasons for why you think as you do. Each reason must be supported with details from the text.
Use the following example of how a writer might form an opinion and support it with evidence.
Conventions Focus: Capitalize Titles Correctly
Nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs are always capitalized. Articles, conjunctions, and prepositions are usually not capitalized unless they are the first word in the title, as with The Birchbark House.
Use your Reader’s and Writer’s Journal, p. 129, to write a paragraph in which you explain why you
think Old Tallow “made her deliveries at night.”
Be sure to:
reread and reflect on pp. 19–20.
take notes about Old Tallow’s personality and interactions with her community.
use details from the text to support your opinion.