Character Traits Practice with 4 Activities and Worksheets

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2nd - 5th
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  1. Use this Character Traits Bundle to teach, analyze and write using character traits. With Character Traits activities, students learn and practice identify character traits. With Hot Seat, students use character traits to defend a character in a role-playing situation. With Character Traits Narrat
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Teach and practice character traits analysis with 4 types of activities. These include: Hot Seat Spotlight Cards, character trait description cards, character portraits, and ten worksheet printables. Students will analyze characters by identifying character traits and cite evidence to support their analysis.


In fiction, analysis of character traits are necessary to understand what motivates characters to act. Character actions drive plots in stories and narratives. The actions of characters provide many causes and effects throughout a story. Analyzing character traits can also show if characters are flat or multidimensional.


1. Hot Seat Spotlight

10 Cards each with a different character from a favorite children’s book (characters that are well known and identifiable). Students sit in small groups. Then, one student volunteers to be in the “hot seat.” The other students asks questions based on a character trait of that character. The hot seat volunteer answers in character citing evidence from the story.

2. Character Portraits Match-Up

Use the Character Portraits during Hot Seat Spotlight. Tape a craft stick to the back, to use it as a face mask. Use the Character Portraits to match with the Character Trait3. word cards. Display a Character Portrait and have a student select a trait that describes the character. The student must use evidence from the story to match it. Play a game of “I’m thinking of a character who is _____, ______, and ________ (insert character traits). Who am I?” Have the students use the Character Portraits to set up “play dates” between characters they feel would get along based on their traits.

3. Character Trait Cards

32 cards that each have a paragraph describing a character trait. Students sit in groups of 4 then one reads the paragraph and the others must identify the trait from the three choices provided. Don’t want to use them in a small group? Use them whole class or in a literacy center. Answer key included.

4. Ten Worksheet Printables

• FBI Most Wanted

• Missing Character

• Snapshot Portrait for student

• Snapshot Portrait for a friend

• Snapshot Portrait for a story character

• Draw a portrait of a character

• Photo Booth

• Make a Playdate

• Character Text Chat

• Riddle Me This!

Included is a quick reference Character Trait Chart for sorting traits by positive traits, neutral traits, and negative traits.

Though identifying character traits is only one part of the standard, this product will benefit students who need more practice with the traits first, before delving into the analysis of the character.

See the preview to see sample pages. Reproducible pages are in grayscale for easy duplication. Character Trait Cards, Character Portraits, and Hot Seat Spotlight Cards are in color to be printed out on card stock and laminated.


Interested in more resources for English Language Arts for:

★ character analysis

★ central message

★ point of view and perspectives

★ literature companion packs

★ literary centers

★ shades of meaning

★ commas and addresses

★ vocabulary assessments

★ narrative writing

★ ELA games


Use the CUSTOM CATEGORY Character Analysis to find additional resources to teach character analysis and traits.

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Character Traits of Historical Figures
Character Traits PowerPoint and Posters and Printables Teaching Resources
Character Traits Analysis in the Hot Seat
Narrative Writing Prompts SAMPLER


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.


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