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!
Moon Over Manifest Characters
- Abilene Tucker
- Miss Sadie
- Lettie and Ruthanne
- Sister Redempta
- Gideon Tucker/Jinx
- Ned Gillen
- Arthur Devlin
- Uncle Finn
Create a character map for the major characters.
- Identify the major characters in Moon Over Manifest and type their names into the different title boxes.
- Choose a character to represent each of the literary characters.
Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
Fill in the Textables for Years of Living in Manifest or Years of Story (1917, 1936, or both), Character Traits or Role in Manifest, What Challenges Does This Character Face or Role in Gideon's Life, and How Does Living in Manifest Change This Character or Connection to Abilene's Time in Manifest.
- Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group
Type of Activity: Character Map
Common Core Standards
[ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
[ELA-Literacy/RL/6/3] Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution
[ELA-Literacy/RL/7/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
[ELA-Literacy/RL/7/3] Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot)
[ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text
[ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3] Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision
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.
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| Emerging |
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The characters and scenes are all appropriate for the book's characters. They reflect strong understanding of the book's most important characters.
Most of the characters and scenes are appropriate for the book's characters. They reflect emerging understanding of the book's most important characters.
Many of the characters and scenes do not match the characters in the book. The project reflects a lack of understanding of the major characters.
Most of the information of the notes is correct.
Many of the notes have correct information, but some are incorrect or missing.
Much of the information of the notes is incomplete and/or incorrect and irrelevant.
Work is complete, thorough, and neat. Spelling and grammar are correct.
Most of the sections of the character map were at least attempted and work is presentable. The text contains some errors in spelling and/or grammar.
Character map is unfinished and/or disorganized. The text contains many errors in spelling and/or grammar.
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