Lesson Plan

Claim it! Prove it!

We know people and characters by what they say and do. In this app flow, students will be introduced to supporting a simple personal claim with evidence.
Toni W.
Technology coordinator
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to...

  • identify character traits
  • identify character traits from literature
  • make a simple claim about a character from text
  • provide evidence that supports claim
  • use a mind-mapping app (Mind-Meister or Mind-Mup) to organize and write about their claim and evidence. 
English Language Arts
Grades 2 – 3
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Recognize it! What is a character trait?

Activity: Exploring

1. For 2-3 weeks, teacher uses read alouds, shared texts, student behaviors, videos, articles, to point out character traits   (negative and positive) to class.

2. Teacher records character traits  on an Anchor Chart in class, or students are recording in notebooks.

3. Teacher is providing explicit vocabulary lessons as this process continues- so the students know what the words mean.

4. Teacher is introducing the concepts of synonyms and antonyms as this process continues.   The recording charts should include this information.  



Student Instructions

1. As students begin to recognize character traits on their own, they begin to offer character traits they observe in their own lives, and in reading.

2. Teacher records their words on the Anchor Chart, or students are recording in their own journals. 

2 Claim it! Make a claim about your personal character traits.

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1.After students have a solid ideas of positive and negative character traits - appropriate to their grade level - teacher models how to use a graphic organizer to make a claim and provide supporting evidence. 

claim & evidence chart sample:  


 2.  After teacher has 3- 4 character traits on graphic organizer - teacher introduces students to Mindmeister. or Mindmup.com.

2.  Teacher models how to use the graphic organizer to create a Mindmap to brainstorm  character traits about her/himself.  (student's name is in the middle "bubble")

**Example of Mindmup personal character trait map with evidence attachments


3 Prove it! Support your claim about your personal character traits with evidence!

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Google Drive
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1. Teacher models how to attach a document to mind-mapping app.

2.  Teacher models how to write a simple claim. (i.e. I am a funny person.  or People often tell me I am a creative person., etc.) 

3. Teacher models how to support the character trait bubble with evidence from chart.  


4. Teacher guides students to attach a document to their character trait bubble, and use their charts to provide evidence to support the character trait  they chose. 

*see Mindmup.com example of character traits and evidence attachments in Step 2) . 


1. Use Google Docs  to compose organized paragraphs about each claim.

2. Revise with these evidence based terms. 

Text evidence based terms to teach: 




4 Apply it! Make a claim about a character you've read about. Use evidence to support your claim.

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Google Drive
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1. Teacher models the same process with a piece of literature or video. 

2. Teacher and students make claims about character traits based on what the character says and does. 

3. Teacher models use of graphic organizer to make claims and support with evidence.

4. Teacher models use Mind-mapping tool, Google Docs or both to compose written pieces - with a claim and supporting evidence. 

5. Teacher supports students as they follow this process of making a claim and providing text evidence.