Character Development

This activity asks students to use their coding skills to recount stories and describe characters. Students could apply this skill to any story, folktale, book, or fable. This activity assumes students already have experience recounting and identifying key details from stories. Students will read and write code that includes sprites, “say” blocks, “when clicked” events, and “change costume” blocks. The primary learning goal is to analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text; and to describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events. In this activity, teachers first prompt students to make predictions about what the code in the starter program will do, then students will write down their predictions on the printout or in journals. After the discussion, students will work independently and run/modify the program. Teacher will hold class discussion during the activity.

Discipline: English Language Arts

Language: AppLab

Programming Concept:

Grades: 3rd-5th

Cultural Features:

External link: Character Study