I don't know about my fellow teachers and home-schooler parents out there, but I have noticed my students tend to have trouble describing a character from a book or story; especially those questions that ask "how did the character feel?" I get answers like happy, mad, glad, sad...etc. without their understanding of why the character feels that way. My 3rd graders also tend to focus on the visual. They want to tell about what the character looks like or what he/she is wearing. As a result of my frustration, I developed a character map to help my students understand that there is more to a character than just the way they look. My students then use these maps to help them write a paragraph describing their character. Included in this download is a blank character map for your advanced students who like to create their own, a labeled character map for those who need some guidance, and an example of my student's work. Please be kind enough to leave feedback if you liked the item and/or give suggestions to make it better.