Character Analysis Teacher Resources

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Sixth graders read Katherine Paterson's novel, Bridge to Terabithia, and watch a video of Maurice Sendak's book, Where the Wild Things Are. They examine the characters in both stories that share similar characteristics. Students use the labels "static" and "dynamic" when considering the characters from the stories.
Introduce your class to characterization. Familiar story characters are sorted into "good" and "bad" categories based on the characters' personalites and actions in the story. The class discusses and describes characters they have read about and generates a list of common character traits. They then work independently to label and sort other familiar characters.
Through deep class discussion and peer-to-peer collaboration, young novelists begin to create a well-developed character for their narratives. They discuss physical and abstract antagonists, character types, and character traits. This is only one part of a longer project, but it could be incorporated into any writing unit.
Read two stories and compare and contrast two characters using the Venn diagram included. The activities focus on identifying the characters' actions, emotions, and motives. Then the class discusses the characters' similarities and differences. The diagram is used as an assessment piece.
Young scholars analyze traits of some of the main characters in Holes by Louis Sachar. They predict the future occupations of the characters and illustrate one of the characters at their workplace 20 years in the future.
Here is a fun resource that your kids will love. While reading the book Because of Winn-Dixie, they analyze the story's main characters by creating an online scrapbook. The purpose is to have them identify character traits and use textual evidence to support their ideas. The step-by-step process, extensions, and activity links are included.
Have your class create acrostic poems for characters in The Hobbit. First, define acronyms and work together to complete sample acronyms for their own first names. Students then research specific characters in the novel and create acronyms using the characters' names. The term acronyms is used throughout the instructional activity but the actual activities center around acrostic poems. 
Students analyze a piece of writing by creating diary entries based on a character.  For this reading comprehension lesson, students read an assigned book with their classmates and create a sketch of what they believe the main character looks like.  Students expand on the character by writing fictitious diary entries using their characteristics.
Designed to be used for homeschool learning or independent reading, the extensive templates and activities that make up this resource are not specifically designed for Richard Wright’s Black Boy, but can be used with any narrative text. Learners establish a reading schedule, create a vocabulary list, craft and answer questions, complete response activities, and fill in plot and character maps. Worth a lengthy look.
Designed for independent reading or for homeschool learning, the templates included in this resource can be used with any narrative and would make a fine addition to your curriculum file. Templates include an assignments summary page, vocabulary matrix, literature response activities, literature response questions, story plot flow chart, and a character map graphic organizer. 
Support your scholars with these anticipatory questions to go along with The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. The objective, rationale, and teacher instructions are clearly explained, followed by an anticipation guide for pages 81-93 and the Soaphead Church Chapter. A great resource to help explain the nuances of the text.
In this writing worksheet, students discover that a character sketch in writing helps to create vivid and powerful stories. Students examine a picture of a character and fill out a web, answering questions about her and then writing a story about the character they have invented.
Students read and analyze the fictional novel Leslie's Journal. Throughout this extended lesson, students are encouraged to respond to thematic concerns and evaluate the plausibility of the text and characters. Many self-reflective activities are suggested to allow for deeper analysis.
Prepare your class to read "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl with these pre-reading activities about the two main characters in the story. This resource provides a brief overview of the story as well as excerpts from the text that describe each character. Readers sift through this information and answer multiple choice and short answer questions about the characters. As a final activity, pairs answer a list of prediction questions and devise their own version of the story using their responses.
Students explore language arts by completing a graphic organizer in class. In this story structure lesson, students read the classic tale "The Three Little Pigs" and discuss the main characters, conflict and setting. Students complete a four square graphic organizer using the information they found in the book.
In need of a lesson to use on your next trip to the computer lab? Students use Microsoft Word to compose a paper comparing the the main characters from the fable, The Tortoise and The Hair. They need to write an introduction, one paragraph explaining similarities, one explaining differences, and a conclusion. All writing will be based off of the Venn Diagram completed prior to the main lesson.
Historical fiction becomes a platform for exploring different perspectives. The class makes predictions based on illustrations, completes Venn diagrams to compare and contrast differing points of view, and to think about how characters change. The unit culminates with kids writing extra chapters from the point of view of the main character to extend the end of the stories. Other extension activities include using photography and music. Assessment ideas are listed.
Through this exercise, high schoolers identify character traits present in Romeo and Juliet. They listen to an excerpt from "The Office of Christian Parents: Showing How Children Are to be Governed" and participate in a Socratic discussion about how the "Romeo and Juliet" character traits support a "nature" or "nurture" viewpoint.
Students rewrite part of a novel in play format and act it out.  In this character lesson, students recognize the attributes of the main characters and their relationships.  Students relate their word choice to the genre.  Students reflect on the performance of their peers. Students write a journal entry.
In this Charlotte's Web worksheet, students utilize a form with tally marks to gather information on people's favorite characters from the novel Charlotte's Web and then graph out their results.