Use this engaging profile page to help your students develop realistic characters for their short stories! This activity forces students to really think about what type of person they want their characters to be.
The front page contains more basic, social-media type questions, while the 'Big Questions' section on the back requires more critical thinking.
I've typically done this activity after students have completed some planning (e.g. created a rough plot map). I make sure to follow it up with lessons how to reveal the character's personality through characterization ('show not tell'). Otherwise, students tend to list every detail of their character in the first paragraph.