Lesson Plan

All About Me: Character Traits

It's all about me! In this lesson, students will identify character traits in a story and decide if they have the same traits. This lesson incorporates literature, writing, comparison skills, and social skills.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify adjectives that are common character trait words.
  • Students will be able to identify the traits of a main character in a story.
  • Students will be able to make a connection between the story's main character and their own personal traits.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(10 minutes)
  • Begin the lesson by discussing characters. The goal of this is to define what a character is. Potential discussion questions include: Who is in your favorite book? What is a character in your favorite book? What are the traits, or qualities, that describe a character?
  • Initiate a discussion about comparing characters, or finding what is the same or different between them.
  • Ask one volunteer to give a list of adjectives, or descriptor words, about his favorite book character.

Beginning:

  • Have the class brainstorm a list of favorite characters. Record student responses on chart paper.
  • Have students share adjectives that describe a character. Include a visual or drawing of the adjective if possible.

Intermediate:

  • Have students use adjectives to briefly describe a favorite character to a partner.
  • Provide an illustrated word bank of character traits or a bilingual glossary.