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 Pickles the Fire Cat.

Physical Appearance

  • cat
  • big paws
  • black spots
  • young

Character Traits

  • wishes to do big things
  • mixed-up (not bad but not good)
  • quick learner
  • hard worker


  • "Pickles was a young cat, His paws were big. And he wished to do big things with them."
  • "Pickles, you are not a bad cat. You are not a good cat. You are good and bad, And bad and good. You are a mixed-up cat.”

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Identify the major characters in The Fire Cat 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. Add Textables for Physical Appearance, Character Traits, and Evidence.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/1/3] Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/1/7] Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/6] Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.


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

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.
33 Points
25 Points
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.
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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