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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. When reading a novel, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

The Giver Characters

JonasThe protagonist. He becomes the Receiver, the person in the community that will receive all the memories of the world.
LilyJonas' little sister.
Jonas's FatherA caretaker of the young. He acts as a nurturer to Gabe.
Jonas's MotherA lawyer in the community.
Asher Jonas's best friend. He is funny and playful. He becomes the head recreation director during selection.
FionaA redheaded girl that Jonas likes.
The GiverThe former Receiver who gives Jonas all the memories of the world.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the major characters in The Giver and type their names into the different title boxes.
  3. Choose a character from the Storyboard That library to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  4. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  5. Fill in text for Traits, Interests, Beliefs, and Quote that Shows Personality.

Lesson Plan Reference

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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.
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.

How To Teach Character Maps in an Elementary School


Start With Whole Class Instruction

At the beginning of the process, instruct the students about what belongs in a character map. Teach them that they will use physical and mental descriptions, what the characters say, and what other characters say about them. Students will use words and pictures to map their characters.


Model a Character Map for Protagonist

Do a character map for the protagonist so students will understand the process and will become familiar with how to add words and pictures.


Assist Students in Mapping Their Own Character

Students learn best by doing, so assign each student a character to map on their own. Assist students and scaffold as needed as you move around the room.


Share With a Partner

To further illuminate the ideas of character mapping, allow students to share their map with a partner or small group. They can learn a lot from each other in a process like this.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mapping Characters in The Giver

What does a character map add to the reading of a novel?

When students take the time to create a character map, they are focusing in on little details that will help them to truly understand the characters and what they are about. This adds so much to the understanding of a novel because they can see little moments of growth and change throughout the story.

Why is a storyboard such a powerful tool for mapping characters?

With a storyboard, students are able to create a reference list with pictures, descriptions, and details that they can refer to as they read and add to as they learn more. This is a great way to keep track of characters and watch how they grow.

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