This writing activity teaches students how to plan and organize a well-planned character sketch. By using worksheet pages and an initial grading rubric for the paper's first body paragraph, students have guided practice during which time the teacher may read and evaluate students' work before they get off topic or too lost about what they must do to create a successful composition. A final clear and detailed rubric allows the teacher to grade successfully the students' writing and to help them know in what areas they must complete revisions. This same format may be used with any novel or short story. This assignment takes about five class periods during which time the students and teacher work on planning and the first body paragraph. Then, students complete on their own with no teacher assistance the second body paragraph and the paper's conclusion.