Characterization Task Cards and Google Slides

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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Characterization Task Cards Digital Resource for Google Slides - this set of thirty digital task cards helps students understand the meaning of the story element characterization and use close reading to identify character traits. Both the digital resource and a PDF version are included in this file.

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

This resource includes both the digital slides with one card per slide and a PDF version with two cards per page for printing. The answer key will be found in the PDF, and there is also a list of suggestions for ways to use task cards and ways to differentiate for students of differing abilities. In addition, there is a blank answer sheet for students to use to write their responses.

This Google Slides version of the task cards is ready for student use with text boxes or movable pieces already in place for student responses.

The text in this resource is not editable.

These task cards are designed specifically for middle grade kids with more content per card than many task cards –perfect for older kids who can handle more than one quick question per card.

For the Easel Version, see Characterization Kids - Story Elements Task Cards.

The 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.

From Classroom in the Middle

Total Pages
51 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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