Many of my students struggle with character analysis. They can describe the physical traits of the characters, but often have difficulty providing thoughtful answers. I can usually get surface level descriptions: he's a boy with brown hair who is kind. But for fifth graders, that's not enough.
So to assist them, I made character analysis cards:
I also included synonyms underneath to help my students both understand the character trait and expand their vocabulary. In all, 88 different character traits are included in the bundle pack, available here.
I've used these cards with both whole group read alouds and with my small group novels. They're very user-friendly and encourage students to use more descriptive, age-appropriate vocabulary words.
Before using the cards with any particular novel, I had my students sort the character traits into "good" and "bad". We created an anchor chart from the list, which helps students with their assignments when the cards aren't readily available.
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