During our first mini-lesson today, we discussed the strategy "Characters in a Story" that we have previously learned this year. Before reading the story The Rain Came Down we reviewed what makes a character a character and not just part of the setting or another aspect of the story. The students shared that the character can be a person, animal or even a object that talks and/or does something important in the story. The story we read was absolutely perfect to review this strategy because every page a new character was introduced and said or did something that continued on throughout the book. After a certain point, new characters were no longer introduced and they repeated each character by solving each problem along the way.