This graphic organizer is pretty straightforward. Students should focus on one character from literature or film, or even a real life person, and begin to brainstorm specific adjectives (character traits), verbs, nouns, and adverbs associated with the character in question. The graphic provides a quadrant, dedicated to each of the aforementioned parts of speech, to record a multitude of words associated with said character. Have students list the words in visually creative way! The focal centerpiece is where the character’s name/picture is displayed.
I have provided the graphic organizer in 4 forms. The visual aid is also adaptable and can be easily used for differentiation. Set limits to the number of words for each quadrant or have students work together in groups of two or four with each student assigned a different focus—verbs and adverbs vs. adjectives and nouns. Remember to provide dictionaries and thesauruses!
This activity works great for teaching or reinforcing 4 of the eight parts of speech as well as analyzing character and traits. Remember this is a prewriting activity that should pave the way for a more in depth look at character traits and how characters develop within the plot. This is a literary analysis, vocabulary acquisition, and English grammar activity.
You can also use the graphic organizer for a basic bulletin board display or illustrate the writing process by coupling the organizer with a more thorough writing piece on literary characters and their dynamic qualities. Don’t forget to have students provide (or you provide for them) a picture of the character or person of focus. Visuals will enhance your bulletin display, of course. Students can also decorate the organizers! Please cut on the dotted lines for a better display presentation.
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Common Core Anchor Standards:
Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Conventions of Standard English: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Knowledge of Language: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.6 Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression