Ruby Bridges Character Map
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 2-3
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Character MapCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/3] Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/3] Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
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. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties, which make reading more enjoyable!
You can click on this map and create a copy on your teacher account. Feel free to use it as is, or to edit it for the level of your class. Printing it as worksheets for your students to complete while reading is a fast and easy way to incorporate this character map into your classroom.
Here is a completed example for Ruby:
- wears clean clothes and a bow
- a leader
"Wearing a clean dress and a bow in her hair."
"She was polite and she worked well at her desk."
(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Copy Assignment", change the description of the assignment in your Dashboard.)
Create a character map for the major characters.
- Identify the major characters in The Story of Ruby Bridges and type their names into the different title boxes.
- Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the book characters.
- Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
(Modify this basic rubric by clicking the link below. You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)