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Activity Overview

Mr. Terupt changed the lives of the seven students in many ways. He brought people together, healed old wounds, and made each student see themself as an individual. For this activity, students will create a chart, showing how each student changed over the course of the book, or a lesson that they learned from Mr. Terupt.

Examples of Character Changes in Because of Mr. Terupt

Peter: Peter is the class clown, always pulling pranks at the beginning of the book. He is the one who threw the snowball, and learns that being goofy and getting into trouble isn’t how he wants to be. He feels extreme guilt for what happened.

Alexia: Alexia is mean and makes fun of people all of the time at the beginning of the book. She targets Danielle, and lies to the girls so they won’t like each other. Mr. Terupt has a serious talk with her, and she doesn’t speak for a long time. After the accident, Alexia apologizes to the girls and admits how horrible she’s been. They all forgive her.

Anna: Anna is very shy and quiet, and has few friends. The reader learns that she has a single mom, who had her at age 16, and is ostracized because of it. With the help of Mr. Terupt, Anna becomes more outgoing and confident.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a chart that identifies how each character was changed by their teacher. Illustrate instances of each challenge and write a short description below each cell.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the description boxes, describe how each character was at the beginning of the book, and at the end of the book.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents each description using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-6

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Compare and Contrast with T-Charts

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/5] Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/3] Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/3] Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

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