Digital Texts for Inferring Characters’ Feelings

Here are two great digital texts for teaching students to infer characters’ feelings and emotions. They are both Amazon commercials. I’ve really enjoyed using the Amazon commercials in my classroom, and I confess that I tear up every time I watch them. (I’ve also blogged about the miniature horse commercial here.)

What I love about these texts is how they have very few words. Students can infer the characters’ feelings and emotions from their actions, facial expressions, and choices. After students practice this work with one or both of these digital texts, they can transfer this work to picture books and chapter books by attending to the authors’ descriptions of characters’ actions, facial expressions, and choices. (These texts also all have a before and after structure that might be useful to teach.)



Dana Johansen teaches fifth grade in Connecticut. She spent the whole of March teaching, going on spring vacation and working on the final edits for her new book, Flip Your Writing Workshop, co-authored with Sonja Cherry-Paul, due out in April. She believes in bringing literacy learning to life in any way that she can. Dana uses digital texts, flipped lessons, and all things Google to differentiate, be time efficient, and increase her students’ autonomy in the workshop. She has taught elementary and middle school for fourteen years. Dana is a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University where she studies blended learning in reading and writing workshop. 

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