The Maple Street Mob Character Map

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Monsters on Maple St. - Character Map

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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 story, 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 Monsters Are Due on Maple Street character map helps students remember who were called out as scapegoats, and will visually show them how quickly things escalated. It will also provide a reference for discussion about how each person added to the hysteria.


Example Character Map

  • Name: Steve Brand
  • Description of character’s personality:
  • Leader, calming influence, intelligent, open-minded, tries to control the mob.

  • What causes the mob to focus on him?
  • He always works late in his basement on a radio.

  • Changes in character, physically or mentally?
  • He eventually gets angry, and stops trying to help.


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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 Monsters are Due on Maple Street and type their names into the different title boxes.
  3. Choose a character from 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 Character Traits, Mob Focus, Physical and Mental Changes,and an Important Quote.

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