Character mapping is always a helpful activity for students and can serve as a reference as students continue to read. In this activity, students can explore physical appearance, character traits, character motivation, and character relationships. This activity is easily modified to include any character focus that students have been working on. Students can build on the character map as they read and new characters are introduced, or create it as a summary activity.
Here is an example from Fantastic Mr. Fox:
Grade Level 2-3
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Character MapCommon Core Standards
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Create a character map for the major characters.
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
| Proficient |
| Emerging |
| Beginning |
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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