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.
We read Henry and Mudge in our Reading Street curriculum and the students came up with adjectives to describe the character in the story. Once again, I love Post-It Notes!