I hang a plastic skeleton in my classroom that reminds students to evaluate and look for different character traits within characters as we read any short story, novel or text. Many students focus on just what the character looks like. I want them to "dig a LOT deeper" into the character. I make a classroom size poster of the "Character Traits/Emotions/Motives" to display beside my skeleton.
PS After Halloween sales are a GREAT time for purchasing the skeleton. I usually get my for 50% off and always buy an extra one to have on hand.