Mini-Lesson for Tolerance
Fuguitt Elementary School

The teacher explains the importance of connecting with characters students read about, and some strategies to facilitate that. The teacher reads a book and tells the students they will focus on a certain word or phrase. Then the teacher discusses key phrases and quotes from the story to explain how the character may be feeling, and how the teacher feels as a result.

Students will understand that good readers can use key quotes and sayings to help them understand the thinking and get inside the mind of the main characters, which helps us to gain a deeper insight.
A book to read the students. In this example, we used Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport (2007, Hyperion Book CH)
Explain about Connection: We have been talking about the importance of understanding the main characters and how this influences our reaction to events happening in the story. Today I am going to teach you some more strategies to better understand how characters feel and to get inside their minds.
Teach: I am going to read parts of the book Martin’s Big Words about the life of Martin Luther King. We will look at the word tolerance. Martin Luther King was a great American who taught all of us to accept one another and to be tolerant.
-Complete a read-a-loud from Martin’s Big Words.
-Show students examples of important quotes and how they represent the feelings of the author.
-Share a personal example of what one of the quotes means to you.
Active Engagement: Ask students to turn and talk to their partner asking them what does Martin Luther King mean when he says “Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love and can do that.”
-Do the same again for his quote “Love is the key to the problems of the world.”
-Ask students to think of a time they have shown tolerance or acceptance to someone else. Then call on to share examples.
Whether students can glean meaning from the quotes and connect them to aspects of their own lives in this lesson and beyond will serve as the assessment.