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Activity Overview


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.


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

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

Student Instructions:

  1. Identify the major characters in Refugee 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 the 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?"
  5. Save often!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Character Map

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/6/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
  • [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).

Rubric

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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.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
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.
Effort
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.


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