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 personality character traits that are relevant to their character. The graphic provides space for 4 characters traits as well as a writing area to analyze each trait. If students are not advanced enough to analyze their trait they can simply provide a character action from the story that illustrates the trait in question. I have provided the graphic organizer in 7 different colors for those of you who can or want to print in color. Lastly, there is also simple, variation form of the graphic. This can be used as a stepping stone for below level or ESL/ELL students. This varied form only allows for gathering four traits without the need to analyze or provide examples.
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.
Again you can use this activity to explore the traits, attributes, or qualities of:
< Literary Characters
< Film Characters
< Entertainers and Idols
< Everyday People
< Family Members
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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.
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.