What’s the point?
This project covers several important learning standards, including analyzing a character’s internal traits as motivators for their external actions, describing the influence a character’s relationships with other character(s) has on the outcome of the story, and exploring how a character changes from the beginning to end of a text (and why).
How it works:
As you read fiction books aloud to your students, select and analyze main characters from the text.. Explore the character’s FAT traits (Feelings, Actions, and Thoughts) and discuss how one trait might affect or influence the others. Stress that while external are more easily seen, internal traits are the ones that define characters (and people) and truly drive their external behaviors.
Students will create FAT character posters to display a selected story character’s FAT traits. The included Google Slides or PowerPoint presentations (whatever your preference) can be used as a walkthrough as-is, or may be edited to include characters and texts your students are familiar with.