Direct and Indirect Characterization Activities - STEAL Worksheets and Booklet

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Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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Teaching characterization is getting students to think like a detective! In these activities, students practice analyzing direct and indirect characterization using the STEAL method. Use these as worksheets or have students make a booklet!

What is direct characterization?

An author tells us a character trait: 

✅ Javier is smart.

What is indirect characterization?

An author tells us about a character through their speech, thoughts, effect on others, actions, and looks:

✅ Javier can debate a topic from any angle.

✅ Javier thinks carefully about consequences.

✅ Everyone knows Javier is an excellent student.

✅ Javier considers all the options before making a decision.

Your STEAL characterization activities include:

  • Character Detective Worksheet #1: Direct & Indirect Characterization for one character
  • Character Detective Worksheet #2: Indirect Characterization using STEAL
  • Character Detective Worksheet #3: Direct & Indirect Characterization for four characters
  • Detective Booklet: Cover page, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization (five pages), Rubric
  • Alternate Booklet Pages: Blank cover page, Blank notebook pages, Holistic Rubric, Adaptable Rubric

What teachers like you are saying:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I loved this activity because it gave students the ability to work on characterization but not in a "boring" or "traditional" way. The kids liked the flip style of the notebook.” -Shannon B.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved the rubrics! Great for reviewing characterization.”-Hailey P.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Great enrichment activity for characterization.” -I. L.

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Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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