On the front students had to draw an accurate picture of their character, write the character's name, the title of their book, and the author. I just can't draw boy hair to save my life...poor Big Anthony!
On one side of the bag kids had to choose three internal characteristics that described their character and give specific evidence from the text to support their thinking.
On the back of the bag, students had to write about whether or not the character changed in the story. If the character didn't change, the student had to give evidence to support their thinking. If the character did change, the student had to tell how the character was different and what brought about the change.
We talked about making predictions about how a character would handle a situation. On this side of the bag students had to write what their character would do if they found a bag of money. Some of the student responses on this part were hilarious!
Inside the bag we had kids think about what material possessions their character might have with them. They had to identify the three items and explain their thinking and reasoning for including each item.
These projects turned out great and the kids really enjoyed working on them!
Here's a work product based on Miss Rumphius.
And another sample based on Mo Willems' Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. We had a great discussion about the items Wilbur would have with him and I forgot to take a picture! The student included a bow tie, fancy watch, and other jewelry to help Wilbur complete his snazzy outfits.
Here's the last sample. This child chose the character Andrew from Eve Bunting's Fly Away Home. this is a serious story about a boy and his father living in an airport. The items the student thought Andrew would have as possessions included a tip from someone (coins), a cheap book, and a suitcase.