Fifty research-based literacy strategies designed for busy K-8 classroom teachersOrganized around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, discussion for understanding, narrative writing, and writing to learn-Promoting Literacy Development offers 50 clearly written, step-by-step strategies for developing proficient readers and writers. The authors also include suggestions for differentiating instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs.
Strategy 44: Attribute Webs
Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy
Attribute Webs is an instructional strategy that engages students in character study. The purpose of the activity is to encourage students to delve into why characters behave in a certain way (O'Sullivan, 2004). As students explore character traits or attributes while they read, they apply this knowledge while writing narrative stories. Effective writing instruction uses quality children's literature to immerse students in the genre and its style elements (Rosenblatt, 2004).
This activity is best suited as a component of an author study or literature discussion group. It may also be modified for use during writer's workshop to dissect an author's portrayal of a character and how his or her technique may be imitated.