CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Main Idea: To describe
- What does the character do or say to show the character trait?
- What do the author or other characters say about the character?
I have included two levels of character traits lists and response pages for differentiation within your classroom or between grade levels. This skill is a third grade standard, but teachers in my county have been teaching it in first and second grade for years.
Use this activity over and over with books you read aloud or with guided reading group books that the children read independently. Children can complete the worksheet repeatedly with new stories, getting better and better with each repetition!
My goal in developing these papers was to have students examine the text to pull out specific words, phrases, and examples to support their responses. If students are stuck, I ask, "How do you know the character was -- ? Show me the words/sentence that you read that made you think that." (In other words, prove it!)
My "answer key" examples are generic, and I expect more from my students. I look for direct quotes from the book ("I know Jane was bossy, because in the story, Jane said, "Give it to me! You don't know how to do it," on page 17." or "I know Sam was impatient because he said, "Come on, hurry up," to his little brother four times.") Children initially may have trouble picking out those specific words/phrases/sentences that gave clues to the character trait, but with repeated practice, they improve dramatically!
Thanks for downloading, and happy teaching!