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Grade Trait Literature Title and Summary
4-5 Perseverance Michelle Kwan: Heart of a Champion (Houghton Mifflin Grade 5) Michelle Kwan: Heart of a Champion    
Students will read “Michelle Kwan Heart of a Champion”, and identify the character trait of perseverance. Students discuss Michelle’s perseverance toward her goal of becoming a senior skater. Students identify the trait of perseverance in their own lives, create storyboards to illustrate the steps they took to achieve their goal, and use the storyboards to compose a personal narrative essay describing how they reached the goal. (Two 45-60 minute lessons)