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Activity Overview


This activity allows for a more in depth look at one or more characters with a focus on character traits. Students should provide textual evidence to support the character trait they choose. Students can support their ideas with dialogue, thoughts, or actions of the character they are portraying.

Here is an example of a character trait storyboard using the grid layout. This example features a comparison of character traits between Cinderella and her sisters, but students could focus on any of the characters in Cinderella.

Possible character traits for characters in Cinderella:

  • Cinderella: Kind, Selfless, Genuine
  • Ugly Sisters: Cruel, Selfish, Rude
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/3] Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/5] Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard comparing the character traits of characters in Cinderella.

Student Instructions

Identify and illustrate a character traits for a specific character in Frindle.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Select a character and identify several character traits.
  3. Describe how the character exemplifies that trait in the story.
  4. Illustrate each example with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

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



Character Analysis Rubric
Analyze a character by explaining specific ways he or she demonstrates several important character traits throughout the story.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
Character Trait Analysis
Written explanation of the scene clearly and accurately explains the connection between the character's actions and his or her personality and character development.
Written explanation of the scene attempts to explain the scene's connection to the character's personality and development. Some explanations may be unclear.
Written explanation of the scenes fails to correctly explain the connection between the actions depicted and the character's personality and development.
Storyboard Scenes
Storyboard cells clearly show connection with the character trait, through depiction of a specific instance in the text.
Storyboard cells show some connection with the character trait, through depiction of the novel, but some storyboard cells are difficult to understand or fail to capture a specific event in the text.
Storyboard cells do not demonstrate the appropriate character traits or fail to include any specific textual references.
Effort and Editing
Work is complete, thorough, and neat. Spelling and grammar are correct.
Most of the sections of the storyboard were at least attempted and work is presentable. The text contains some errors in spelling and/or grammar.
Storyboard is unfinished and/or disorganized. The text contains many errors in spelling and/or grammar.




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