The Cricket in Times Square Character Map

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The Cricket in Times Square - Character Map

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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!

You can click on this map and create a copy on your teacher account. Feel free to use it as is, or to edit it for the level of your class. Printing it as worksheets for your students to complete while reading is a fast and easy way to incorporate this character map into your classroom.

Here is an example for Tucker Mouse:

  • Physical Appearance:
    • mouse
  • Character Traits:
    • resourceful
    • "scrounger"
    • outgoing
    • friendly
  • Evidence:
    • "And when he wasn't collecting, "scrounging" as he called it, or sleeping, he liked to sit at the opening of the drain pipe and watch the world go by."

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in The Cricket in Times Square 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 story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Physical Traits, Character Traits, and Evidence.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.
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