Lesson Plan

Identifying Character Traits

What's your "it"? This lesson incorporates Tony Dungy's You Can Do It! into some hands-on activities that help students learn about different character traits.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Choosing Character Traits pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Choosing Character Traits pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify character traits and find portions of textual evidence to support them.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
Character Trait Wheel
  • Introduce the class to the concept of a character trait. Explain that a character trait describes the behavior or attitude of a person, and that one could be used to describe anyone in the classroom.
  • Give an example: If someone has a character trait of being persevering,he doesn't give up when things get hard.
  • Provide a non-example to help students understand what character traits are not: Black hair is not a character trait, since it only describes physical appearance. Character traits describe behavior and attitude.
  • Beginning: Provide a visual from a recent story to help describe the physical traits and character traits of the character.
    • Allow them to restate the difference between physical traits and character traits in their home language (L1) or new language (L2).
  • Intermediate: Provide definitions for behavior, motivations, and attitude.
    • Allow ELs to repeat the definitions in their new or home language.
    • Ask if they can come up with any non examples or examples of character traits from a recent read aloud.