The character analysis worksheet lists characters in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. Students will select a character from the text in which they would like to analyze. They will select a line from the text that demonstrates how their chosen character exhibits the following traits in the novel: physical, philosophical, emotional, social and intellectual. Students will also list the page number where the line is found in the text.
There are two worksheets provided with different words to describe each trait. This is meant to allow students to better understand the traits- if needed. One worksheet asks students to find a line from the text for each of the traits listed above (physical, philosophical, emotional, social and intellectual). The second worksheet uses the following wording to describe the traits: physical trait, treats others, acts towards others, feels about things, and way of thinking.
One thing I really like about this activity is that some students select the same line but have different perspectives for which trait it supports. The class discussion for this activity allows students to read their lines from the text and share their understanding as to why they believe it supports a particular trait.
The worksheet is a great activity for students to complete as they read through a literary work. This activity sets the stage for students to write a character analysis that is one paragraph, five paragraphs or seven paragraphs.
This worksheet allows for students to “see” which traits they should include in their five paragraph essays: Introductory paragraph, three body paragraphs and a concluding paragraph. I ask students to bring in a quote/line from the text that supports their claim for each trait.
Each worksheet is 1.5-2 pages, totaling four pages.