Students will use close reading and critical thinking skills in order to complete the Character Man activity. They are challenged to think deeper about what the fictional character or historical character thinks, says, has, wants, and does in the story. There is a single Character Man activity, and a double Character Man that can be used to compare and contrast two characters or show how one character changes from the beginning to the end of a story. There are three pages of writing prompts a teacher can select that require students to explain their choices in more detail. This activity is "self-differentiated" in the way students respond in varying degrees of higher order thinking based on their ability.