To help my students make connections to characters, I give them each a copy of this chart. I make it two sided and put it in a plastic sleeve so it fits in their notebooks. That way they have it to refer to during discussions. We look at how a character acts, relates to others, their interactions and how they think in our stories. It is a great way to review adjectives as well.
Clip art from: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Krista-Wallden
Frames from: www.msfultzscorner.com