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 about important characters. When reading a novel, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

Clicking "Use This Assignment" will copy both the example above as well as a blank template for you to customize as desired. You may want students to start from scratch, or provide them with the questions and characters! Printing it as worksheets, for your students to complete while reading, is a fast and easy way to incorporate this character map into your classroom.

Fahrenheit 451 Characters

Guy MontagThe main protagonist, a third generation fireman who is searching for himself. When he breaks the law by keeping a book, he begins to question the values of his society.
Mildred MontagGuy's wife. She previously tried to commit suicide and is obsessed with 'reality TV' and the media. Instead of engaging in meaningful conversations with her husband, she shuts him out.
Captain BeatyBeaty is Guy's fire chief. He memorized many verses of literature and at one time, would have been considered well-read. However, he now looks down on those who read and is often harsh and judgmental of others' thoughts and ideas. When Montag steals a book, Beaty somehow knows.
Clarisse McClellanRepresents the beauty of the world. She is a 17-year-old girl who enjoys nature, and is seen as odd for that. Clarisse who opens Montag's eyes to the world around him, seeing her happiness from the simple pleasures of life makes him question his existence.
Professor FaberA retired English professor who regrets not standing up to society years ago when books were beginning to be burned. Montag meets Faber a year before the book opens. Faber also helps spark Montag's curiosity.
GrangerGranger is an outcast of the current society. He leads a group of people who fight to protect books although society has condemned them. Granger's inner strength and a quiet dominance appeals to Montag.
Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. BowlesTwo friends of Mildred who are the epitome of what society has become. Both have a lean and dark look, with little to no personality. Through them, the reader can see how terrible society has become.
Stoneman and BlackFiremen who work with Montag. They are cold and vapid, doing their job without emotion or thought.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Identify the major characters in Fahrenheit 451 and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a Storyboard That 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 Textables for Traits, Knowledge or Ignorance, and Static or Dynamic.
  5. Save often!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-10

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Character Map

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/6] Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically


(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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