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Developing a Main Character

Asking kids to craft their own stories? Get them starting with a character planning sheet that asks them to identify the character's likes and dislikes, his or her strengths and fears, a goal the character wants to achieve, and the obstacles the character will face.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have writers create an illustration of their characters' appearance that indicates gender, age, and stature
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity is appropriate for the early planning stages of the writing project

  • The activity encourages writers to think critically about the character they are creating

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