At the beginning of the year, we discuss procedures and expectations. A fun unit I begin my year with is Miss Nelson! We read all three books. We begin reading Miss Nelson is Missing and they complete a character map of a character within the story. They discuss how the character feels, how they feel about the character, and what others think about the character. This always gives me a good indication of their skill level for character and how much detail they can provide about the character. At the end, we discuss the character traits of each character based on their drawings. For example, Miss Swamp is always wearing black and has a sad face. When they draw Miss Nelson, she is brightly colored and usually has flowers drawn next to her. Even at the beginning of first grade they can analyze a character!