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Activity Overview


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:

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Character Map

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/3] Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in Fantastic Mr. Fox 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 story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in Textables for Physical Appearance, Traits, Motivation, and Relationships.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.


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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