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!

In this activity, students will create a character map of the characters in The Miracle Worker. They will pay close attention to the physical attributes and the traits of both major and minor characters. 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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Objective:Create a character map for the major characters in The Miracle Worker.

Student Instructions

  • Click “Start Assignment”.
  • Identify the characters in The Miracle Worker, and type their names into the different title boxes.
  • Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the book characters. Note: be sure to select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  • Fill in Textables for Physical/Character Traits, and How does this character change throughout the novel, and What challenges does this character face?
  • Lesson Plan Reference

    Common Core Standards
    • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/3] Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot)
    • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3] Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision


    (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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