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Activity Overview


Character maps are a helpful tool for students to use as they're reading, although they can also be used after completing a book. In a bildungsroman book like Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, despite there being four separate stories, the characters are still bound by one thing: a harmonica. In this activity, students will create a character map of the characters in Echo, paying close attention to the physical attributes, and the traits of both major and minor characters. They 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. Teachers may also ask students to keep track of how the harmonica positively impacted their lives, and how it passed from one character to the next.

Characters from Echo

  • Otto Messenger
  • Eins
  • Zwei
  • Drei
  • Friedrich Schmidt
  • Elisabeth Schmidt
  • Papa
  • Uncle Gunter
  • Mike Flannery
  • Frankie Flannery
  • Eunice Sturbridge
  • Mr. Howard
  • Ivy Maria Lopez
  • Fernando Lopez
  • Susan Ward
  • Kenny Yamamoto

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a character map for the characters in Echo.

Student Instructions:

  1. Identify the main and supporting characters in the novel and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the book characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to the story and the character's traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in Textables for "Physical/Character Traits", "How does this character interact with the other characters?", and "What challenges does this character face?"

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/6/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
  • [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).

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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