Characterization Kids - Story Elements Task Cards - Print and Easel Versions

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Classroom in the Middle
Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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51 pages
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This set of thirty task cards helps students to really understand the meaning of characterization and use close reading to identify character traits. The activities include:

  • Choosing character traits from a word bank
  • Choosing character traits – multiple choice
  • Describing a pictured character
  • Writing a paragraph
  • Listing character traits to describe a famous person
  • Comparing two characters
  • Completing a character web for a novel character
  • Drawing a character with certain character traits
  • Describing static and dynamic characters
  • and more.

These task cards are designed specifically for middle grade kids. The cards are large – two cards per page and have more content per card than many of the smaller task cards –perfect for older kids who can handle more than one quick question per card. Task cards are perfect for differentiating with individual or group work, and for review activities, class games like Scoot or Footloose, or quick assessments.

Included with this set is a blank answer sheet for students to fill in their answers.

Also included is a list of suggestions for ways to use task cards and a list of suggestions for easy differentiation with task cards.

The Easel Activity is a digital version that is ready to use with one card per slide. It is ready for student use with answer boxes and directions already in place.

For the Google Slides version, see Characterization Kids Task Cards and Google Slides.

These cards support the Reading: Literature standards, especially the standards regarding using text evidence to describe a character.

For more story elements and other comprehension skills, see the Reading Skills section of this store, and for even more task cards from Classroom in the Middle, see: Task Cards.

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Total Pages
51 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
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).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
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).


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