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!

In this activity, students will create a character map of the characters in Ghost. They will pay close attention to the physical attributes and the traits of both major and minor characters. Students 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.

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Copy Activity", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Due Date:

Objective: Create a character map for the major characters in Ghost.

Student Instructions:

  1. Identify the major characters in Ghost 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/Character Traits", "How does this character interact with the main character?", and "What challenges does this character face?"


Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [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).


(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.

How to Understand A Character's Impact on the Story


Keep a Running List of What Characters Do

To understand a character's impact on a story, first help students to create a list of what a character does throughout the story. This will help them begin to understand what motivates characters, and why they do what they do.


Analyze How Characters React to Each Other

After students see the choices that individual characters make, it is important to help them see how the characters relate to each other. Whether a character imposes a challenge on another character, or feels the challenge of a character doing that to them, this is an integral part of the story.


Understand How the Story Ends for the Main Characters

The resolution of a story finds the characters in a certain place. They may be happy ever after, sad ever after, or even dead ever after. If students understand how the story ends for the main characters, then they will better understand the point of the story.

Frequently Asked Questions about Characters in Ghost

What is a character map?

A character map can be created in a variety of ways, and is a technique to visually show who each character is. It discusses physical traits, what a character says, and how a character's actions impact the story. This helps students to more deeply understand the story.

Why is it important to understand challenges in relation to characters?

The conflict or tension in a story is what moves the story along. The challenges that characters face feed into that tension, and so it is important to understand what challenges each character faces, as well as the challenges each character imposes on others.

Who is the main character of Ghost?

Castle Cranshaw, also known as Ghost, is a seventh grader who has faced some troubles in his life. He joins the track team at school and with the help of a kind mentor, he realizes that he should run toward his future rather than run away from his problems.

*(This Will Start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)
© 2023 - Clever Prototypes, LLC - All rights reserved.
StoryboardThat is a trademark of Clever Prototypes, LLC, and Registered in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office