In this unit on dramatizing characters, children step into the shoes of the characters we meet in books, bringing those characters to life. There is a fine line between reading well and dramatizing. Readers of stories often find ourselves almost becoming the main character, seeing through his or her eyes, experiencing all that the story brings. Readers are invited into the world of acting and, through acting, into the important role of coming to understand characters with greater complexity. There is a playful yet vital relationship between reading and drama. When we read, both embodying the character and seeing through his or her eyes, what we really are doing is putting ourselves into the drama of the story - and this means coming to understand it in richer ways. The goal of this unit is to help readers envision as they read, to use this capacity to envision to help them read with increasing fluency and richer comprehension - and to share this new understanding with other people.