Character Traits of Fairy Tale Characters

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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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Identify character traits of well known fairy tale characters such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears using this fun and high energy role play activity called HOT SEAT! Students role play by using the character's traits to defend against accusations made about their fairy tale character.


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.

The new CCSS include character analysis. Part of analyzing a character is identifying character traits. Many times, students are baffled by what a trait is or what it means. This product is designed to help students develop their understanding of character traits and then show their understanding through writing character descriptions.


  • 20 Hot Seat Character Cards
  • 20 character description writing prompts
  • 5 Royal Proclamation Posters
  • Character "Selfie" Portraits
  • Character Traits vocabulary cards
  • Character Traits Definitions Reference Sheet


Working in small groups (or whole class), one student assumes the identity of the fairy tale character. The other students use the card to take turns to accuse the character of a trait. The student in the Hot Seat answers back in character citing evidence from the story or text. Students will have a blast impersonating a well known fairy tale character while developing a better understanding of character traits.


Each of the 20 fairy tale characters has a character description writing prompt. Given a specific character and words that may or may not describe the character, the student selects at least three words that can be used to describe the character and then write evidence to support those traits.


Another engaging activity to reinforce the importance of character traits are the Royal Posters.

  • Royal Citation: as part of the Fairy Tale Land Police Department, give a character a ticket based on trait….and, of course, provide the facts to back it up!
  • Royal Acclamation: give royal acclaim to a character based on a specific character trait.
  • Royal Arrest Warrant: Had enough of a character? Then issue a Royal Warrant for Arrest. Fill out the warrant on any character based on a trait and give evidence to back up your claim.
  • Royal Employment Application: have a fairy tale character apply for a job in the royal kingdom! Which character trait will get him/her hired?
  • Royal Proclamation: issue a royal proclamation in gratitude to one of the fairy tale characters.


Use these selfie portraits to match characters with the character traits on the vocabulary cards. Or attach a craft stick and use as face masks for the Hot Seat activity.


All of the character traits of the 20 fairy tale characters are included on the vocabulary cards. They can be used for discussion of definitions, matching to characters, games, centers or any other vocabulary development activity.

All student writing pages are in black and white. Hot Seat cards are in color and are meant to be printed out on card stock, laminated and then used.

The resource includes blank templates so that you can make your own Hot Seat Cards and your own Character Description Writing pages.

The 20 Fairy Tale Characters are from these Fairy Tales:

  • The Three Bears: Goldilocks, Poppa Bear, Baby Bear
  • The Three Little Pigs: The Third Little Pig, The Big Bad Wolf
  • Little Red Riding Hood: Little Red, Grandmother, Big Bad Wolf
  • Cinderella: Evil Stepmother, Cinderella, Fairy Godmother
  • Jack and the Beanstalk: Jack, The Giant
  • Rumpelstiltskin: Rumpelstiltskin
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff: The Troll, The Biggest Billy Goat
  • Rapunzel: Rapunzel
  • Snow White: Prince Charming, Evil Witch Queen,
  • Puss 'n Boots: Puss 'n Boots


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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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
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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