This activity is great at the start of the novel, ideally around the end of chapter 1. This task card asks students to map our the main characters using evidence as justification for their explanations.
This is great to do individually or in small groups. It can be as formal or informal as you want!
You could also revisit these maps later to see how they have changed by the end of the text. It could be a great way to bookend your reading & character analysis.