Refugee weaves together three stories in one book, so it has many characters, both main and supporting. A character map can be a helpful tool for students to keep track of the characters in the book, especially since Refugee switches swiftly from story to story every chapter.
In this activity, students will create a character map of the characters in Refugee, paying close attention to the physical attributes, and the traits of both major and minor characters. Teachers may choose to have students focus on one set of characters for either Josef's, Isabel's or Mahmoud's story. Or, teachers may have students make a storyboard that contains all three sets of characters. This example demonstrates how that can be accomplished with a grid of three rows, one for each story. 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.
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Objective: Create a character map for the major characters in Refugee.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
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.