Lesson Plan

Crafting a Character

Your students will use a well-loved story to learn how to create their own detailed characters. This lesson focuses on understanding the pre-writing and planning phase of storytelling.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use pre-writing and planning to create a fictional character.


(5 minutes)
Realistic Fiction Character Organizer
  • Invite your students to join you on rug or in usual read-aloud location in your classroom.
  • Hold up a familiar read aloud book such as Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne and ask your students who the story is about. Answers might include: Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo.
  • Choose one of the above characters (Winnie the Pooh, for example) and ask, “What do we know about his/her life?” Answers might include: "Loves honey," "Lives in a tree in the Hundred Acre Woods," "Best friends are Piglet and Christopher Robin," "Funny," "Is friends with all of the animals in the woods," "Afraid of Woozles," etc.
  • Explain that today you are going to start planning a story and you are going to focus on the pre-writing phase of writing. You can say, “Pre-writing is what we do when we plan who our story is about and what the important parts of our story will be. Today we will be thinking about the characters in our story.”