A Raisin in the Sun Characters

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A Raisin in the Sun Character Map

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As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a novel or play, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

Use a character map to help track the different characters that are discussed in A Raisin in the Sun. Have the students provide the character’s physical traits, internal character traits, and a quote for support!


Mama (Lena)

  • Physical Traits: Mid-sixties; widowed; dark brown skin with white hair; graceful; strong face; speech is careless
  • Character Traits: Matriarch of the family; very devout in her Christian beliefs; puts her family first; strong-willed and determined; loves gardening
  • Quote: “I-I just seen my family falling apart today… just falling to pieces in front of my eyes… When it gets like that in life—you just got to do something different, push on out and do something bigger…”

Other characters included in this map are: Walter, Beneatha, Ruth, Travis, Joseph Asagai, and Mr. Lindner.


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Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in A Raisin in the Sun and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Physical Traits, Character Traits, and Quote.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.
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