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CHARACTER ANALYSIS: An Active Reading Strategy

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Analyzing characters is a critical skill that enables students to determine character motivation, author purpose, conflict within a story's plot, and the impact of symbolism on a character.

The character analysis organizer provides a powerful structure that guides close and active reading and helps students focus on the information required for analyzing characters.


Use with any novel
Want to analyze characters from more than one novel? Our organizer contains blank space so you can enter any character name from any novel.

Digitally add in character names with your computer
The character analysis organizer pdf has digitally modified fields so you can add the names of any characters for your analysis using your computer.

Separate spaces for analysis of Characterization, Symbolism and Conflict

Use of the character analysis organizer also improves the following higher-order thinking skills:

✔ Analyze the literature to determine author purpose and character motivation
The symbolism and characterization columns encourage the analysis of character by having students think critically about an author’s purpose for portraying a character in a particular way.

✔ Analyze character emotional responses to obstacles
The exploration of conflict establishes the foundation for understanding these obstacles.

✔ Determine text meaning and make logical inferences.
Based on evidence from the text, students generate logical interpretations connected to the literary elements, characterization, symbolism, and conflict. The conflict is an inferential statement based upon story events and character interactions. The symbolism is an inferential representation of what takes place in the story. The character column contains insights into the individual and his/her place in the novel. These inferences encourage students to determine and evaluate the significance of text and its impact on the behaviors and actions of characters.

✔ Draw conclusions and analyze these conclusions.
The statement of conflict is a conclusion based upon evidence provided in the text. The in-depth analysis comes through the completion of the other columns of the character analysis organizer and the addition of relevant evidence from the text in the form of properly formatted and cited passages.

✔ Compare events, behaviors, and actions.
Once the organizer is completed, students can visually see how the characters are connected through characterization, conflict, and symbolism.

Character analysis is an excellent way for students to improve comprehension and understanding and we hope your students enjoy using this organizer.
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