Often times we remember to teach the elements of the CCSS that the students need to KNOW, but we forget to teach them the skills, the what they need to DO.
This scaffolded guide on characterization is to help you and your students to to the SKILLS part of the standards. The DOing part.
Ideally it was created to be an assignment, but it could also be used as a summative assessment project.
Although it was created for RL.7.3, it also goes nicely with RL.8.2.