Activity Overview

Tris Prior’s divergence means that she has three main character traits, rather than one. Ask your students to find examples of Tris demonstrating these traits as a means of practicing character analysis. For each trait, have them depict a scene, followed by an explanation of Tris’ character in that scene. Adapt this activity to a personal response project by asking your students to choose the three factions with which they identify best and depict their own actions in support of this.

Example Divergent Character Analysis


Tris shows her erudite side during the capture the flag game. Instead of arguing over how to find their opponents, she cleverly climbs the Ferris wheel in order to get a view of enemy territory. She then organizes an attack plan that leads her team to victory.


Tris's abnegation connection is her selflessness. Although she does not feel selfless enough to remain in Abnegation, she can't help trying to help others. When her friend Al is forced to stand still while Four throws knives at him, Tris volunteers to take his place.


Tris proves that she is dauntless early on by becoming the "first jumper". She is the first initiate to boldly jump three stories down into an unseen net below.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Prove Tris’s divergence by explaining ways she demonstrates the traits of three different factions.

  1. Fill in Tris’s name at the bottom of the storyboard web, then fill in her three traits at the top of the squares.
  2. Depict a scene from the novel in which Tris demonstrates this trait and explain how she does so.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/1] Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text


(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.
33 Points
25 Points
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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