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Action Is Character: Exploring Character Traits with Adjectives

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Action Is Character: Exploring Character Traits with Adjectives

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • Chart paper and markers

  • Internet access

  • Copies of the novel being discussed

  • Print copies of dictionaries and thesauruses to supplement online reference tools

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  • Students have read a substantial portion of the novel and have discussed the relative strengths, weaknesses, and attributes of various characters.

  • Make copies of the assignment, character traits, and adjective handouts, if desired. Alternately, find similar information in your class grammar and literature books.

  • Test the Character Traits Chart student interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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