Lesson Plan

Character Cards

Real people and characters in stories show who they are by their words and actions. Help students make the connection between a character trait and the words or actions that support it by using Character Cards.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to describe a character's appearance and character traits as demonstrated by actions in the story.


(5 minutes)

Prior to beginning the lesson, look at the Character Traits reference sheet, and add images that correspond with each card. These visual representations will allow students to better understand what each trait means.

  • Introduce Cinderella, or another chosen fairy tale, to your class. Tell your students that they will be describing one of the main characters in the story.
  • Explain to your class that there are two parts to describing characters: their outward appearance, such as hair and eye color, and the aspects of their personality, such as behaviors and their attitudes. Tell your class that words that describe someone's personality or behavior are called character traits.
  • Ask your class to come up with some examples of character traits. Refer to the Character Trait reference sheet if necessary.