Teaching Character Traits – Part 2

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Make it Personal

Kids always learn better when they’re able to make connections to, and within, their learning, right? So why not have students begin by examining their *own* character traits! If students are able to identify their internal and external traits, they will have a better idea about what they’re looking for in texts. They’ll also better understand how to develop characters in their own writing. Take a look at some great inspiration for how to implement personal character trait exploration below:

Four fantastic ways to teacher character traits and character development!
Check out this adorable character selfie idea from The Friendly Teacher.
Four fantastic ways to teacher character traits and character development!
Why not throw art in the mix? Have students create a self portrait, with all of their physical and personality character traits! Credits to: One Extra Degree

Track Traits

Promote critical and practical thinking by discussing how characters can change and develop throughout a story. This has all sorts of important implications for our students. It shows them progress, development and allows them to engage in a more critical reading and writing process. Here are some wonderful ideas to try:

Four fantastic ways to teacher character traits and character development!
Consider using a character trait tracking resource like the one provided by Teaching with Jennifer Findley.

Create Character Biographies

If students are prompted before reading, they can uncover many details about a character’s life that would otherwise go undetected. Equip students with the power of inference to fill in missing information and have them create character biographies. It’s a great way to gain insight into a character’s traits and development.

Four fantastic ways to teacher character traits and character development!
I absolutely love this biography project. Head over to Study All Knight for the full explanation and tips!

Become Detectives

Send your students on a secret mission to uncover the culprit in a mystery novel! This could be such a fun way to discover character traits, use inference and gather textual evidence. Find a mystery novel that interests your class, and allow students to develop their predictions about which character is involved in the mystery.

Four fantastic ways to teacher character traits and character development!
I love the way Amy Lemons over at Step into 2nd Grade set up her lesson!

Will you be trying any of these character trait lessons with your students? Share your thoughts below!

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