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Activity Overview


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. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

Here is an example for Sarah:


Physical Appearance

  • plain
  • tall
  • brown hair
  • sometimes wear a yellow bonnet
  • hair in bun

Character Traits

  • not mild-mannered
  • caring
  • sly
  • nurturing

Evidence

  • "She reached up and took off her yellow bonnet, smoothing back her brown hair into a bun. She was plain and tall."
  • "Sarah is Sarah. She does things her way, you know."
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Character Map

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/3] Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows each character in Sarah, Plain and Tall and describes important features and traits of the character.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify important characters for the novel and find characters to represent them.
  3. Describe the appearance of the character and important traits in the first two boxes.
  4. Provide a quote or quotes to back up your decisions in the third box.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Character Map Rubric for Middle School
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 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.
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.
Much of the information of the notes is incomplete and/or incorrect and irrelevant.
Effort and Editing
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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