Character Maps are an excellent way to teach students to dig deeper into understanding how a character differs from everyone in a book. It teaches children to become more analytical and read books on a different level. While many character maps are very basic, limiting themselves to physical appearance and basic emotions, this product delves deeper into a character's personality.
Students can easily cover physical features through their drawings – they usually know how to do that. Common core and other state standards expects them to dig deeper into a character’s psyche. That’s what a good character map should do!
In this project, students will dissect their character by six different traits and attach them to the appropriate body part – Hopes and Dreams (eyes); What’s on their Mind (hair); Strengths (bicep); Weaknesses (heel); Feelings and Emotional Reactions (heart); and their Accomplishments (hands). I’ve included two different version. One is designed as a multi-day project that can be presented by a poster, while the other can be done easily with letter sized paper. Everything has a graphic organizer that can scaffold the project and break the task down into easy steps. Every organizer comes with a helpful word box that they can use to describe their characters with good vocabulary.
Here’s what you get:
25 Slides / Pages
-A Project Overview: This gives you a rubric to use for grading, a guide sheet for them to see each part of the project, and a poster showing where they should attach the traits to their character’s portrait.
-Selecting a Character Sheet: A guide to help students choose and appropriate character and book for the project. It takes them step by step and helps them avoid choosing dull, uninteresting characters for the project.
-Letter Sized Version of the Project: If you don’t want to do this on a poster, you can just photocopy these four slides. It’s also great to use as a miniature introduction before tackling the big project.
-Graphic Organizers: Six double sided pages that scaffold each part of the character map. They include useful vocabulary that will help children express themselves in greater depth.
-Examples: Maybe you want to show them what a basic character map looks like? There are two examples - one with Edward Tulane and another from Ramona Quimby.
-Supplement: A useful slide I wanted you to have so you can give kids a list of character traits. It’s either great as a handout or perfect for displaying over your projector.
These slides come in a single powerpoint (pptx) file. They are all unlocked and can be modified to suit your classroom needs. It should be suitable for grades 2-6, depending on the ability level of your classroom. Since it is powerpoint, each page is also perfect for display on all smartboards and projectors.
I hope you find this project as engaging as my class has. I've tried to make everything as professional looking and useful to you as possible. If you like it, please rate it and share your success! If I can ever help of fix something for you, let me know and I’ll try to help. If you have any questions, let me know. Enjoy!