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!
It’s a great idea to create a copy of this generic character map and edit it with the specific questions about characters you want your students to answer.
|Stanley||Protagonist, heavy, has few friends|
|Clyde Livingston||Owner of shoes that were stolen|
|Derrick Dunne||Bully that picks on Stanley at school|
|Zero||Hector Zeroni, smallest of camp members, digs holes fastest|
|X-Ray||Leader of boys, black, wears glasses|
|Armpit||Befriends Stanley, named for his smell|
|Magnet||Named for his ability to steal anything<|
|ZigZag||Boy at Camp Green Lake|
|Squid||Boy at Camp Green Lake|
|Warden||Female descendant of the Walker family, ruthless and cruel|
|Mr. Sir||Camp counselor|
|Mr. Pendanski||Counselor at Camp Green Lake. The kids, call him "Doctor", but he is not a doctor|
|Stanley I||Stanley's great-grandfather, robbed by Kissing Kate|
|Kissing Kate Barlow||Former school teacher turned outlaw|
|Sam||Black, onion seller, medicine man|
|Charles Walker||Son of a rich landowner on Green Lake|
|Elya Yelnats||Stanley's great-great grandfather|
|Madame Zeroni||Romani woman who curses the Yelnats family|
(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)
Create a character map for the major characters.
Grade Level 4-5
Difficulty Level 1 (Introducing / Reinforcing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Character MapCommon Core Standards
(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.