This amazing activity kit comes with all you need to get your Lit and ELA students creating FUN, EASY, and CREATIVE Character Maps for ANY classroom book! GREAT for literature, reading, and English Language Arts! Teach your students to make these accessible and helpful visuals for many books to come! Teach students to connect characters, identify them easily, and understand the story in a quick and visual way!
Provided Printable (or Viewable) Materials
- 15+ Pages of Directions for teachers to read in preparation and guidance for activity.
12 Pages)- Illustrated Directions for students (designed for print) or viewing on projector as pdf.
(2) Reference Pages are designed to help struggling students create character faces and use symbols. Use for inspiration and reference.
(12) Includes Blank Map and 12 Maps with pre-drawn background settings that are common in novels. (suburbia, farm, city, futuristic, medieval/castle, outer space, forest, tropical, old time village)
Pages for print designed to guide students through the process if using the standard in-class Project Plan 1 (see next page.) If offering as an outside-of-class project, some or all Assignment Pages may be omitted, depending on teacher preference.
Handouts (Explanatory Examples of Maps) Little Mermaid and Fahrenheit 451
Full BW Map of The Little Mermaid
Project Timeline (students fill in due dates with project summary)
Reference (2-Sides of drawn references of faces to help students sketch characters)
Teacher Feedback Form (premade and editable doc.)
Student Feedback Form (premade and editable doc.)
Feedback Guide Handout (tips for successful peer conferences)
Character List/Notes (list for character names and descriptions before drawing)
Rough Draft (Draft template with tips and info)
Final Project Checklist (reminds students what is required for project completion)
Feedback Checklist (reminds students of what to look for when providing feedback)
Example Clip-Art (14) Little Mermaid Face clip-art provided for practice of moving the faces around on a map. Designed for students to use to practice digitally before making their map if they need extra help understanding the concept. Can also be used commercially (excluding character map projects) and for other activities.
Background: While working as a high school/middle school para, we were asked to create study guides for students in our special education program. However, we quickly discovered ALL students could benefit from the visuals! Soon, teachers from different grades and subjects were requesting custom cartoon visuals to assist students. Teachers loved having something they could save for future use and students seemed to really enjoy the quirky style/easy study reference.
Making or Using a Character Map will teach students to...
visualize and differentiate characters
organize character relationships
visualize setting, time period, and mood of book
consider important factors to remember when reading a book
identify different character connections
show general information (author, title, genre, setting)
Finished Character Maps can....
be used as quick reference before book quizzes and tests
used as reference during book discussions
used as reference while working on homework
used as a supplemental study guide
used to remember, identify, and differentiate character names and physical traits
help with understanding and identification while reading book
help students visualize characters
After initial project, students can...
create their own maps with ease (as regular assignments)
refer to Character Map Guide Book to create future maps
help other students create maps
visually connect characters and relationships
use simple symbols and visuals to represent ideas and information
use the same concepts to create maps digitally (using computer programs and images found online to represent characters)
TOU- Who can use the Character Maps Activity Kit Pages?
Character Maps/Pages/Documents/Templates that are included in the download (free and paid) may be shared by the downloader and their students (or educator the buyer gives the product to-if gifting). Character Maps are for personal and private use only, which includes home and classroom. Character Maps and the illustrations contained therein are not to be used commercially free or paid, distributed free or paid, or embedded in any products
TOU- Who can use the Little Mermaid Faces Clip-Art
Clip-Art was designed for student practice to digitally arrange characters. However, the clip-art can be used commercially in products that are not Character Maps or based on Character Maps- following the typical TOU.