This graphic organizer is designed to help students analyze the story details that reveal character information. There are boxes for direct characterization examples as well as a box for each element of indirect characterization (speech, thoughts, effects on others, actions, and looks).
The back side of the worksheet walks the students through a quick character sketch. The students must use the story information that they wrote down on the front of the paper to identify the three best words to sum up their character. Then they have to back up the traits by providing evidence. The activity wraps up by asking the students what other big inferences they can make about their characters as well as the question, "Would you want to be friends with this character? Why or why not?"
This activity is a great way to teach upper middle school students and young high school students how to comb a text to find character details. It does a great job of helping the students synthesize text information to make inferences about the character's overall motivation, personality, and role in the text.