A Fun Activity to Describe Characters

amazing graceAre you looking for a fun way to teach describing characters and character traits?  Try this!  Fold each side of a horizontal sheet of paper to the middle.  Have the kids draw a picture of the character on the front.  Put words to describe the outward appearance of the character on the outside.  This can be things that are obvious from the text.  Next, open the page up and write character traits and words to describe the character’s emotions on the inside.  These are things you have to infer about the character’s traits based on the evidence from the text.  It’s pretty fun and these make a great display!

I have a little template you can use to make these if you would like.  Just click on it to download it from Google Docs!

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That’s all for today!  Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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  1. Shawn Weisser says:

    Reblogged this on The Children's Librarian.

  2. Sulinda says:

    We will be studying character traits right off this year. I plan to have each student draw himself/herself and write their own character traits. Our open house is just 2 weeks later, so we will display these in the hallway for all to see. This just killed 2 birds with one stone for me. Thanks!!!

  3. Ethel B. says:

    Looking forward to using this with Bradley from “There is a Boy in the Girl’s Restroom.” Thank you!!!

  4. Your template has spread like wildfire at my school. Students who are struggling with their behavior have used this to describe themselves! I am using it as a character study for the main characters of “The View From Saturday”. Thank you for posting this!
    Susan Mescall

  5. This is so neat! And I love your sample! I’m definitely going to do this with my class during our character study! Thanks so much!

  6. Can’t wait to use this….

  7. Veronica V. says:

    Thank you for sharing! It is too cute!

  8. Kelly Clark says:

    This is awesome! I can’t wait to use this in my classroom. Thank you for sharing.

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