These graphic organizers were used to help beginner English Language Learners in 3rd and 4th grade recognize characters, external traits and settings in simple books, on kindergarten or first grade reading level. The graphic organizers could be used with young students or special education students who are also beginning to write about books for the first time.
The first graphic organizer gives students a variety of common external character traits, from different hair colors to tall vs. short, long hair vs. short hair, etc. Students are directed to circle the traits that describe their characters and cross out the ones that do not.
The second graphic organizer is more simple. It directs students to circle characters they see in their book. Common characters such as dog, cat, boy, girl, baby are shown in pictures. The column next to it ask students to circle settings where their book takes place such as school, park, house, city. Again in both column students are also asked to cross out the pictures that do not apply to their book.
The third page can be used to have students practice writing the words for the pictures they circled. (Each picture is clearly labeled.) Students are asked to list the characters and setting in their book.
These graphic organizers can be used as an aid for students so that they can then form sentences about the book that they read. They could also be laminated and used with dry erase markers so that students could use them over and over again!