Character Traits Teacher Resources
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Quick as a Cricket Lesson Plan
Teaching young learners about similes is easy as pie with this primary grade language arts lesson. Following a class reading of the children's book, Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood, young readers learn the definition of a simile as they look at the numerous examples presented in the story.
Pre-K - 2nd English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
“The Story of an Hour”: Extension Activities
Enhance and extend instruction of "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin with one or all of these ideas. You might want to cover characterization and summary, or improve understanding of context clues and irony. You can cover any combination of those topics and skills with the activities, presentations, worksheets, and other additional materials included here.
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review Creating Characters
Examine character in depth. Over the course of these six lessons, learners explore their own character traits, determine the traits of characters in the books they read, practice comparing and contrasting, and collaborate in small groups and pairs.
3rd - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension
Wow, a resource that includes over 50 graphic organizers designed for reading comprehension! From story maps and plot elements to character traits and compare and contrast activities, this resource is sure to have the graphic organizer you're looking for on your next literary adventure!
4th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Character Traits: Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear
Lensey Namioka’s Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear provides an opportunity for young readers to observe how writers bring their characters to life. Each class member selects a character to trace through the novel, recording character traits and finding examples to show how these distinctive features are revealed.
5th - 8th English Language Arts
Exploring Character Traits and Actions
Exploring character traits is a fascinating process. First, read Song of the Trees, by Mildred Taylor, and then utilize technology to determine the character traits of the main characters from the story. The Microsoft Word files needed to complete the lesson are embedded in the plan.
6th English Language Arts
CREATING A CHARACTER TRAIT MOBILE FROM THE OPERA THE LITTLE PRINCE
Learners create a mobile that includes each of the six planets. They list the character traits of each of the characters from the six planets visited by the Prince. They present their project to the class and teacher.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
The Football Team
Playing team sports is about more than just scoring the most goals or winning the most games. Read this passage with your class and learn how athletes build character as members of a team. When finished, individuals identify the main idea and supporting details of the text to practice writing summaries.
4th - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Explore positive and negative character traits and universal themes in the story of Cinderella with primary learners. Story elements are reviewed and discussion questions are listed. Learners practice retelling the story and begin a service learning component in which they participate in a clothing drive.
K - 2nd English Language Arts
Character Traits in Fables
Combining art, music, dance, and reading comprehension, this lesson is geared to reach all ability levels. After reading a variety of fables and discussing story elements and character traits, class members select a moral to use as the basis of their own fable about two characters, one with foibles and one without.
2nd - 5th English Language Arts
Sorting Based on Character Traits
Characters from a story can be sorted by their traits, just like shapes or objects can. First the children list several character traits on a chart, they read a familiar story, and then sort the characters by their friendly or unfriendly traits.
1st English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Special Traits: Alabama quarter reverse
Who knew a state quarter could say so much? Alabama's quarter is embossed with an image of Helen Keller, pupils will use this image to think about what the phrase "Spirit of courage" means. They will use a graphic organizer to differentiate physical and character traits, read about Helen Keller, and make a Helen Keller mobile.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History
Be a Mythological Character!
Spark your learners' imaginations while discussing mythological characters. Using any story with mythology, assign a character to each student. Every individual reviews character traits and personalities in order to "be" that character, and partners then interview each other.
9th English Language Arts
Mr. Griggs' Work
In this character traits lesson, learners define responsibility, dependability, punctuality, honesty, and effort as they read Mr. Griggs' Work. Readers brainstorm how these characteristics are important to a career. Group your pupils together to find examples from the story where each of the previous character traits are present.
K - 5th English Language Arts
What a Character!
Guide your readers to explore character traits. As a class, discuss and record the traits of a commonly-known fairy tale character. Then do the same with the main character in the class novel. Finally, have learners use magazines and other art materials to create a collage that represents the character and his/her traits.
4th - 8th English Language Arts
Inferring Character Traits
Here is a lesson which is "flexible," and can operate as an individual or whole class activity. After reading a book of their choosing, with the use of a semantic map, learners identify character traits. They infer how their feelings towards the main character of the story changed throughout their reading.
K - 12th English Language Arts
Explore character traits using this resource. After reading the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, learners fill in a graph identifying character traits. Then, they write and put on a skit. This resource provides a motivating way to engage in this topic.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History
Authors work hard to create unique and interesting characters that bring their stories to life. This simple graphic organizer supports young readers as they get to know five main characters in the book George Washington's Socks by Elvira Woodruff.
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Sketching a Portrait--Character Traits
Use this handout to focus on the character traits of George and Lennie in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Readers are given a set of specific traits to search for in the first chapter. They are required to list two textual examples of each trait.
6th - 9th English Language Arts