Common Core Writing; The Character Analysis Paragraph

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Common Core Writing; The Character Analysis Paragraph;These TWELVE "fill in the blanks" writing TEMPLATES and GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS were designed to TEACH students how to write paragraphs about characters using evidence and inferences.

Do your students ever write, “The character was nice because she did nice things.”? Or my favorite, “she was mean because she was mean.” My templates, with your guidance and support, will help your students use evidence in their responses and avoid that kind of “zero points” kind of response. Students practice using my favorite mantra ~ If you say it, you have to prove it!

If students understand that there are PATTERNS required for different kinds of writing, then writing will be EASY.

"Common Core Writing; The Character Analysis Paragraph" ~ Teach your students to write character analysis paragraphs using my DIFFERENTIATED writing TEMPLATES and graphic organizers and your favorite stories. The templates are designed for grades 3 - 5 regular and special education students! Combines Reading and Writing Standards.

Students choose a word that best describes a character and then prove their point using evidence from the story. And they do this

using the following printables INCLUDED in this 31 page document

3 pages of step by step directions
7 pages of examples
3 teaching/training templates
3 "say it ~ prove it" graphic organizers for collecting the information/evidence/inferences
10 writing templates
A list of reading and writing Common Core Reading and Writing standards that apply

Whether it is in multiple choice or written response format, our students are always asked to describe (analyze) characters in writing on state assessments. It is also a basic skill that all good readers and writers need to have.

Although the Common Core Standards have character analysis writing skills “beginning” in grade 4 (W.4, W.5 & W.9), third graders are expected to analyze characters for short and extended response questions on most state assessments. I live in New York State, and I am confident writing about characters WILL be on the NYS ELA exam. These aren’t skills that can be mastered quickly, and I believe teachers should begin instruction in first grade. This kind of writing is a process that needs practice and scaffolding support.

The TEMPLATES on these pages, which can be used with any story and many topics, provide that support and scaffolding. The templates are differentiated, so teachers can use different “levels” based on their students’ abilities. With enough practice, students will eventually not need the templates anymore. They will be ready to write great character analysis paragraphs!

Students can use the character analysis templates to write about themselves, historical figures, famous people, characters in books, their parents, their pets, anyone!

Here’s an EXAMPLE character analysis paragraph 8 year old Emma wrote about leeches using one of the templates and a nonfiction article about leeches…After all, almost anything can be analyzed!!

I think the word sneaky best describes the leech. I chose this word because a leech will climb a tree and drop down, attach to a predator’s skin and suck blood. Also, they feel like raindrops when they drop on an animal’s back so the animal doesn’t realize it’s a leech! Being sneaky is a good trait for a leech to have because it helps it survive. As you can see, leeches are very sneaky!

For MORE close reading REPRODUCIBLES created to help students close read text and writing TEMPLATES designed to train writers to use details, check out

Close Reading; Fun for Kids, Easy for Teachers
Close Reading; Summary Practice Nonfiction
Close Reading; Analyzing Characters
Close Reading; Summarizing Stories
Close Writing; The PQA Quiz; Assessments for Fictional Stories
Writing; The Picture Paragraph

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Common Core Writing; The Character Analysis Paragraph
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Common Core Writing; The Character Analysis Paragraph
Common Core Writing; The Character Analysis Paragraph