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Activity Overview


Character maps are a great way for students to keep track of character traits, relationships, motivations, and more throughout a story. In this activity, students will create a character map of the characters in Chains, paying close attention to the physical attributes and the traits of both major and minor characters. Students can also provide detailed information regarding the challenges the character faces, the challenges the character imposes, and the importance of the character to the plot of the story.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Character Map

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/3] Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/3] Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a character map for each character in Chains. Address Physical/Character Traits, How does this character interact with the main character?, and What challenges does this character face?

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the major characters in Chains and type their names into the different title boxes.
  3. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the book characters.
  4. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  5. Fill in the textables for Physical/Character Traits, How does this character interact with the main character?, and What challenges does this character face?
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.

Requirements: Physical/Character Traits, How does this character interact with the main character?, and What challenges does this character face?



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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