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 and details about important characters. With character mapping, it’s easy for students to follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

Don Quixote Characters

Alonso Quijano AKA Don Quixote A wealthy, middle-aged man, obsessed with knighthood. He reads so many books on the heroism of knights, he deems himself to be one and sets out as a knight-errant.
Sancho Panza A fat, somewhat greedy, and not very smart neighbor of Quijano. Sancho becomes “squire” to Quixote, and acts as his literary foil.
Rocinante & Dapple Quixote’s horse and Sancho’s donkey.
Cide Hamete Benengeli The fictional Moorish narrator whose accounts of Don Quixote the narrator references often.
Dulcinea A farm girl who, unbeknownst to her, Quixote devotes his love and chivalric deeds to, believing her to be a noble lady.
The Priest and the Barber Two of Don Quixote’s friends who disapprove of his delusions and capture him to return him home.
Ferdinand A duke who steals Lucinda from Cardenio. He also takes Dorothea’s chastity.
Dorothea The obsessed and faithful lover of Ferdinand. She cunningly hunts him down to get his hand in marriage.
Cardenio Lucinda’s husband. A helpless romantic who is wronged by his wife and the duke.
Lucinda Cardenio’s wife, who is beautiful and cheats on her husband with the duke.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Identify the major characters in Don Quixote 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 text boxes for Appearance, Traits, and Character Importance.

Lesson Plan Reference


(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.
33 Points
25 Points
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.
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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