Lesson Plan

Character Traits

What makes a character special? Their traits, of course. With help from The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg, students will enjoy completing character maps and learning about different character traits.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the moral of a simple story, as well as some traits of its characters.


(5 minutes)
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  • Hold up The Wretched Stone, and ask the class if they enjoy mysteries. Let them know that this story is a mystery told through entries from a captain's journal.
  • Ask students to pay close attention to the characters in the story, as they'll later be asked to explain the characters' feelings and motivations. Explain that by paying close attention to the characters, they'll be able to notice character traits, or words that describe how characters act. Some examples that you could give are: calm, sneaky, and enthusiastic.