Lesson Plan

Calling All Characters!

Come one, come all! In this lesson, reading and writing are intertwined as students determine a character's traits from the character's actions. Reading extends into creative writing as students imagine what a character might do next.
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Learning Objectives

Students will determine specific character traits through characters' behaviors and actions. Students will brainstorm future actions of a character based on developed character traits. Students will complete a creative writing narrative using a character's specific traits.


(5 minutes)
  • Tell your students that a character trait is a quality of a character, which could include a variety of descriptive words. Ask your students to list some character traits. Possible answers include: shy, jolly, creative, etc.
  • Play the game “Character Trait Charades.” To play the game, invite a volunteer to pull a Character Trait card from a bag. Without showing the other students, have the student demonstrate an action that could reveal that trait. For example, a character who is worried might pace back and forth with a furrowed brow and a concerned facial expression.
  • Invite other students to take turns choosing a card, and have them show an action that represents that particular trait. Ask your class to guess the trait that the student is demonstrating.