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!
For To Kill a Mockingbird, a character map helps students remember the characters, and their interactions with Scout, Jem and Atticus. Many of the characters in the novel are dynamic, changing over the course of the book.
Copying this assignment will add both the example above and a blank template to your account for you to customize as desired. It can be helpful to edit it with specific questions about characters you want your students to answer. Tailoring this map with a guided note style helps students with recall and comprehension.
|Atticus Finch||Father, and prominent lawyer|
|Scout (Jean Louise Finch)||Main protagonist|
|Jem Finch||Brother of Scout|
|Tom Robinson||Black defendant on trial|
|Boo (Arthur Radley)||Reclusive neighbor|
|Bob Ewell||Accuses Tom of rape, tries to hurt Scout and Jem|
|Dill (Charles Baker Haris)||Nephew of Mrs. Rachel. A friend of Scout and Jem|
|Calpurnia||The Finches' cook|
|Miss Maudie Atkinson||Neighbor and friend to the Finches|
|Aunt Alexandra||Atticus's sister|
|Mayella Ewell||Bob's daughter. The woman Tom was accused of raping|
|Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose||Townsmen lives in mulatto community|
|Mr. Walter Cunningham Sr.||Townsmen, racist|
|Walter Cunningham Jr.||School boy who bullies Scout|
(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)
Create a character map for the major characters.
Grade Level 9-12
Difficulty Level 1 (Introducing / Reinforcing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Character MapCommon Core Standards
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
| Proficient |
| Emerging |
| Beginning |
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.