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Activity Overview


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 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!

Using a character map for Shakespeare is often even more beneficial. It also allows students to record the nuances of characteristics which create foil characters. The information that they record will help them to return and review personalities that contrast. The ability to visually see this helps students create connections and makes understanding concepts easier.

By clicking "Use This Assignment", both the example above and a blank template will be copied into your account. Feel free to use them as is, or to edit them for the level of your class. Printing it as worksheets, for your students to complete while reading, is a fast and easy way to incorporate this character map into your classroom.


Major Characters

  • Caesar: Consul of Rome.
  • Brutus: Friend of Caesar and supporter of the Republic. He ultimately joins the conspirators to protect it.
  • Cassius: The villain, a senator who has known Caesar for a long time. He sees Caesar as a threat and forms a conspiracy against him.
  • Antony: Friend of Caesar who claims allegiance to Brutus to avoid being killed. However, he later battles the conspirators.
  • Casca: A conspirator
  • Calpurnia: Caesar’s wife
  • Portia Brutus’ wife
  • Flavius and Murellus: Two Tribunes who condemn the public for celebrating Caesar. They end up getting punished for removing decorations from Caesar’s statue.
  • Cicero: A Senator of Rome

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-10

Difficulty Level 1 (Introducing / Reinforcing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Character Map

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/5] Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/6] Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in Julius Caesar and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character from the "Classical Era" tab 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 For or Against Caesar, Reasons, Major Conflict and Survives?.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.


Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Character Map Template
Create a character map of the characters in the story. Put the character's name in the title boxes and choose a character and scene to represent each one. As you read, take notes on the characters by answering the questions.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
Character Picture & Scene
The characters and scenes are both appropriate for the book's characters.
Many of the characters and scenes match the book's characters.
More than half of the characters and scenes do not match the characters in the book.
Accuracy of Notes
Most of the information of the notes is correct.
Many of the notes have correct information, but some are incorrect or missing.
Less than half of the information of the notes is correct and relevant.
Effort
Work is complete, thorough, and neat.
Most of the sections of the character map were at least attempted and work is presentable.
Character map is unfinished and/or disorganized.




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