One of my favorite books to teach (obviously) is The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. You may have seen my other posts on the wanted posters or the way I use interactive notebooks to teach the book. Because there are 16 characters, the kids always have trouble getting started and keeping them straight. Then, as we progress through the book we are always trying to figure out who is the most mysterious character or who would have had a reason to kill Sam Westing. We keep 4 x 4 charts in our interactive notebooks four times throughout the book where we keep track of what we learned about each character in those particular set of chapters. We also keep a large interactive character chart in the classroom. Each time we do a character chart, I also have students get into groups of three and I randomly assign them a character to report on. They write all that they know on the sticky note that I give them in bullet points. Then, they stick them up on the wall for everyone to see.
|Westing Game Character Chart|
If you are interested in getting the whole book unit check it out here.