The great thing about this paragraph structure is that it can be used for a variety of prompts. Students can make any claim about a book and successfully support it with this structure. Today in class, we practiced using the 4C paragraph structure to respond to this prompt: "What character trait does the main character in your book demonstrate? Support your claim with a citation from the text that will serve as evidence." Below are two examples that could work with this prompt. Please reach out if you or your child have questions after reviewing the guide that went home today.
Example prompt and responses:
Name a character and identify a character trait that they possess. Use evidence from the text to support your idea.
Dillon Samreen is conceited and thinks that he’s better than everyone else!
In the book Save Me a Seat, a 5th grade teacher assigns a personal reflection project. Dillon’s project shows exactly what he thinks of himself!
“It’s a big plastic yellow star with a picture of- what else? Dillon’s face glued to the center… He sets it on his desk, pushes the ON button, and the whole thing lights up and starts playing ‘Ghetto Superstar’” (p.178)
This citation proves that Dillon is conceited because he chose a big shining star as a symbol for himself. Many other students in the class chose more grounded and realistic symbols to represent themselves. For example, Joe chose a blue M&M to show that he is unique and Ravi chose leeches to show that he never gives up. Dillon chose a star because he thinks he’s the coolest kid EVER!
Kek is very hopeful even in hopeless situations.
In one scene, Kek talks to his cousin Ganwar about his missing mother. Ganwar encourages Kek to give up hope that he will ever see his mother again, but Kek keeps believing.
“Hoping isn’t foolish, I say. If I can make it all the way here, then anything can happen” (p.45).
This citation proves that Kek is hopeful in hopeless situations because he refuses to give up on the idea that his mother may have survived. He knows all of the dangers she faced and how hard it was to stay alive in Sudan, but he believes she has survived. Ganwar has given up hope and dislikes his American life. I think Kek has a brighter future than Ganwar because he keeps hoping!