This characterization graphic organizer is a GREAT way to help students understand that different aspects of characterization. This organizer is an excellent tool on its own, but also is the perfect set up for an essay on characterization. I have used this organizer in every grade from 7-12, and at every level it has worked.
The organizer breaks down characterization into four parts and includes a summary of character section. For an essay, you can have students turn each box of the organizer into a paragraph.