Students will record character traits, strengths, weaknesses/conflicts, and lessons learned, as they read Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. I had students also complete a poster size version of the same chart with teams. This promoted discussion and sharing of connections. Using this chart helped students to be active readers/ listeners. It also helped them review the novel prior to taking the AR test. Finally, using this chart, the students were able to determine the theme of the novel. The lesson that each character learns in the novel contributes to the overall theme of the novel.