Text Analysis Graphic Organizers: Character Analysis and Inferences

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These text analysis tools can be used with any piece of literature or added to literature lessons. These graphic organizers were created to scaffold understanding of how characters influence other components of the story such as the theme and other characters and to scaffold drawing inferences.

I use these as part of an infographic lesson plan where we analyze and organize information, but you can use them with all literature lessons.

These organizers will get students writing and thinking about the literature they read, specifically dealing with characters and inferences. They are perfect exit tickets, brainstorming tools, or springboards for writing assignments. I created these to break down the standards CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1 and CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.3.

You can see the literature graphic organizers in the thumbnails and preview. You will receive these in a PDF version and Google Drive link. I have also included a page of teaching ideas.

Specifically these literary analysis infographics contain:

1. Blooming character: Start students with the basics by identifying the multiple components of a complex character.

2. Theme development: Students will decide on the story's theme and find support for how characters develop that theme.

3. Complex character: Students will analyze how a complex character shapes other characters.

4. Motivation: Students will look at a character's motivation and find support that explains how the character has intrinsic and extrinsic motivators.

5. Analysis: The “analysis” forces students to articulate their inferences. They must provide an overall statement after they see all of the inferences laid out.

6. Inferences: The “inferences” provides an alternative method for extracting an inference. Students will start with their overall inference, and then think about what helped them draw that conclusion.

7. Text analysis. Students find meaning in the story. I use this infographic when students connect well to a story. 

8. Scaffolded conclusions: The final infographic is a scaffolded version for students who need help drawing conclusions. It contains questions to generate ideas.

These literature and text analysis graphic organizers resemble infographics to give a modern and older look for older students.

Do you need more high school literature activities? These graphic organizers are part of a bundle. Download the High School Literature Bundle Literature Circles Book Clubs Independent Reading for over 200 pages of activities.

Other literature tools:

Short Story Unit

Alternative to the Literary Analysis Essay

Literary Devices Graphic Organizers

Digital Literary Analysis for Google Drive Literary Analysis Prompts

More infographics for older students:

8 Parts of Speech Presentation & Infographics: Parts of Speech Activities

Infographics for Romeo and Juliet: Character Review for Romeo & Juliet

The Great Gatsby Character Infographics

A Separate Peace Character Infographics

Character Infographics for The Hunger Games

Mythology Infographics Gods, Goddesses, Mythological Characters


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Feedback from other teachers about these literary graphic organizers:

I feel it benefits students to have a steady assignment/activity that is used in more than one novel. It allows them to see the common thread as well as see that each text hits different. Thank you for this.

This was a life saver as I was overwhelmed with papers, but needed them to make progress in their reading THAT DAY!! Phew!! This was perfect!!

I appreciate the variety in this document. My students appear to be more motivated to complete these activities than others I have used.

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9 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.


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