This is a one page assignment that reinforces student knowledge of the main characters in the novel. It also helps them to analyze the relationships between individual characters and to organize plot events.
Students create a character map (2 samples offered on assignment sheet) on regular paper or large poster paper. Character names are linked with lines indicating a relationship. Students label each line with a brief description of that relationship.
For example: Christopher ---Father---> Ed Boone
I encourage the students to find a way to organize the map so that there are no lines that overlap.
I leave it up to students to identify the most important characters but I generally look for Christopher, Ed Boone, Judy Boone, Mr and Mrs Shears, Mrs. Alexander, and Siobhan. I also suggest they include Wellington (and sometimes Toby!).
I assess based on characters included, understanding of relationships, and visual appeal.