The new Common Core standards call for increased rigor in text analysis. The activities included here will help students understand the role of the main character within the story. Students will analyze characters through different response activities. Each activity has a task card for students and a blackline printable for responding. All activities included may be used with any fiction text.
Story Character Actions Wheel
Story Character Traits Poster
Story Characters Compare and Contrast
Story Character Traits Evidence Chart
Story Character Changes
Common Core State Standards
K.RL.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
1.RL.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
2.RL.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
3.RL.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Note These activities are designed for primary readers. They may be too basic for more advanced third grade readers, but are appropriate for less-accomplished third graders. Kindergarten students would benefit from doing the enclosed activities during whole group or guided small group instruction.
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