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Character Map

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Character Map

Grades K – 6
Printout Type Graphic Organizer
Character Map



Who are the characters in this story?  Students will examine what a character looks like, what a character does, and how other characters react to him or her.

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Help students progress from impressions or reactions about a character to a deeper understanding of the character's attributes. 

  • Choose a character from any book, short story, play, poem, or film and ask students to start describing the character. 
  • Project an overhead of the character map and ask students to recall some of their descriptions.  In which category would they fall (appearance, actions, or reactions of others)? 
  • Write their responses in the boxes.  Are they evenly distributed among each, or are most in one area?  Ask students for suggestions to describe the character in all three areas. 
  • Have students write a paragraph discussing the character and their reactions to the character using the graphic organizer for reference.

Students can then use the printout independently to describe any other character


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  • Students write a character sketch of a favorite or assigned character, based on the information gathered for the Character Map.
  • Use the Character Map in creative writing.  Students answer questions on the map to fully develop characters that they are inventing.
  • Use two copies of Character Map to prepare students for a compare/contrast essay on two characters.
  • When studying dynamic characters, have students complete the Character Map early in a text.  Put their work aside and ask them to complete another Map after finishing.  Then compare and contrast the two.


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Grades   K – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Write Alouds

This strategy guide explains how to use write-aloud (also known as modeled writing) to teach effective writing strategies and improve students' independent writing ability.