This sheet asks students to list the attributes of a specified character within a story.
This sheet has four spaces for specified aspects surrounding the central character listing.
Students will define character traits by using quotes from the text and offering further expansion.
Students will define character traits using examples of statements and behaviors presented within the story.
Students will define a particular character using examples of their appearance, attitude, actions, and feelings.
Students will define a particular character using examples of their behavior, thoughts, fears, and how others treat them.
Important Considerations When Using a Character Analysis Graphic Organizer
When you are using these types of graphic organizers to fully understand the significance of a character there are several things that you will want to make sure that cover and focus a good deal of your attention to. It all starts with determining the type of character you are analyzing. This will help you understand the complexity of their role within the story. Ask yourself these questions:
- Does the character have complex personality traits or are they simple and predictable?
- Does the character endure and prejudice, bias, or fit a stereotype?
- How much does the character change throughout the story?
These questions will provide you with a good foundational understanding of the nature of the character.
The next thing you will want to determine is their role within the work. Personalities within most forms of literature fit into one of three different soils. The protagonist is the main character. The antagonist is the cast member or force that is the challenge or an obstacle to the protagonist. At some point the protagonist will more than likely try to overcome or at least avoid the antagonist. Supporting characters that contrast the attributes of the protagonist are called a foil character. Foils help draw out the personality and nature of the entire cast of characters. In some narratives the foil can drive the entire plot in a roundabout way.
The most important portion of your graphic organizer is to make sure that you chart the progression or evolution of this character. This includes what exact challenges that they faced and if they indeed overcome them. Make certain to chart the achievements and failures on their journey.