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.
- Have writers create an illustration of their characters' appearance that indicates gender, age, and stature
- 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