Activity Overview

In this activity, students can display the characters of the story, paying close attention to the physical characteristics and the character traits of major and minor characters. Students should also provide detailed information regarding the character’s actions, and how they influence the plot. Students could identify how specific events caused the character to change, and the significance of the characters to the plot.

The Phantom Tollbooth Characters included in this character map:

  • Milo
    The young protagonist

  • Tock
    A "watchdog"

  • Humbug
    A boastful individual who looks a bit like a beetle

  • Rhyme & Reason
    Two sisters imprisoned in the Castle in the Air

  • Faintly Macabre
    A "which"

  • King Azaz
    Ruler of Dictionopolis

  • Mathemagician
    Brother of Azaz, and ruler of Digitopolis

  • Alec Bings
    A boy who sees through things and grows down rather than up

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Identify the major characters inThe Phantom Tollbooth and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the literary 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's Actions, Change After Dictionopolis, and Important Quote.
  5. Save often!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Character Map

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/3] Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution


(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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