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!
For Of Mice and Men, a character map helps students remember each member of the ranch, and their nickname! Plus, it provides a reference for discussion about how each character contributes to the theme of isolation.
|George Milton||One of the main protagonists. He is small, quick, and clever. He takes care of Lennie.|
|Lennie Small||The other protagonist. He is rather large and childlike. He likes to pet soft things, and is often the cause of trouble.|
|Candy||A rancher who lost his hand in an accident.|
|Curley||The son of the ranch owner who is a self-proclaimed boxer. He picks a fight will Lennie.|
|Curley’s Wife||Curley’s lonely housewife who likes attention. She is often seen lurking about the men.|
|Crooks||The stable hand. He is black, and is isolated from the rest of the ranchers. He sleeps in the barn.|
|Slim||A strong, sturdy ranch hand who is known as the “Prince”.|
|Carlson||A ranch hand who shoots Candy’s dog because it's old and useless.|
|Aunt Clara||Lennie’s aunt, who took care of him before she died.|
|The Boss||Owner of the ranch, and Curley’s father.|
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Create a character map for the major characters.
Grade Level 6-12
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
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.