Characterization Graphic Organizers (Common Core Aligned)

Grade Levels
6th - 10th
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13 pages
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Common Core's expectations for what was once characterization requires far more in-depth analysis of characters and their impact overall on a text. At the secondary level, students are being asked questions far more rigorous than "what type of characterization is being used?" In turn, it is important that students have several opportunities to analyze characters in text.

In designing this packet, I considered some of the frustrations I had while in the classroom, and some of the frustrations I observe as a curriculum coach. Frustrations not only for teachers, but students as well. With that in mind, I have included 6 different graphic organizers that guide students through the analysis of characters in any given text. These organizers can be used with short stories or novels, and are adaptable for all of secondary.

- 6 different character analysis graphic organizers
- alignment with the Common Core Standards
- learning targets pulled from the Common Core Standards
- Step-by-Step directions on the best way to use the graphic organizers, including use of the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model, and these directions can be directly input into a lesson plan
- Recommendations/Additional Information (other ways to use the graphic organizers)
- Suggestions for Extending the Activity past the download.

Because the activities are rigorous and require extended thinking, students may need support through the activities.

Other Ways to Use These Activities
1. Rotating Stations: Teachers can place a different organizer at each station and allow students to rotate stations after an allotted amount of time.

2. Differentiation: Teachers can group students and give each group the organizer that best suits their skill level or practice need.

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Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.


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