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Analyzing and identifying character traits are the focus of this lesson


Language Arts  


4, 5  

Title – Character Traits

By – Tricia Moskal

Primary Subject – Language Arts

Secondary Subjects – Art

Grade Level – 4-5

Subject: Language Arts/5th grade

Objective: The students will be able to analyze and identify character traits.

Note from This lesson plan involves a “Character Creation Worksheet” that is not included. You may be able to create your own version of the worksheet or contact the author at the email address at the bottom of this lesson plan to request a copy.

Motivational Strategy: Students will be asked to close their eyes and listen carefully to
the description of the character Mrs. Winterbottom taken
from the novel Walk Two Moons.

Content: Novel – Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Small strips of paper (one for each student)

Paper Bag

Crayons or Markers

Character Creation Worksheet

Procedures: 1. Ask the students to close their eyes and listen carefully to what I am
going to describe.

2. Read to the students a description of the character Mrs. Winterbottom
found on page 30-31 in the novel Walk Two Moons (see attached copy).

3. Tell the students to open their eyes and describe the character I just
read to them.

4. Explain to the students that an author tries to create a mental picture
of a character. The author reveals the character’s traits through the
character’s thoughts, words and actions. Tell students that these traits
are sometimes stated and sometimes implied by the author. Readers
often have to draw their own conclusions based on the author’s

5. Ask the students to list the character traits revealed in the passage.
Create a character web on the chalkboard that includes specific
examples from each student.

6. Help the students brainstorm a list of character traits such as honesty,
courage, and laziness. Write each character trait on a small strip of
paper (one for each student). Place the strips in a small paper bag
labeled “character traits.” Direct each student to pick one strip from
the bag.

7. Instruct the student to write three sentences that describe a
character with the trait that was drawn – without using the word
written on the strip. Have the student write one sentence each about
what the character thinks, says, and does.

8. Direct each student to read their sentences to another student to see
if they can guess the character trait based on the descriptions.

9. Hand out the worksheet on Character Creation and the markers /
crayons. Direct each student to either use the character trait they
picked from the bag or choose one of their own traits to complete
the activity. After all students have completed the activity, have each
student show their character to the rest of the class.

Closure: Review with the students about how authors try to create a mental picture of
their characters in order to understand them better. Have them explain some
ways an author can do this (by describing how a character looks, speaks, thinks
and acts.)

Outcomes: The students will utilize the skill of identifying and analyzing character
traits. The students will also use their imagination to create their own

Assessment: Students will be assessed on their Character Creation worksheets
according to the attached rubric and on how well the 3 sentences were
written during the paper bag activity.

Student Evaluation: Student evaluation will take place when they pair up with another
student to read their sentences to one another. The students will
be able evaluate each others sentences by seeing if they can guess
the character trait based on the descriptions.

Teacher Self-Evaluation: The success of the lesson will be based upon how accurate
the students perform in the activity and on the Character
Creation worksheet.


Tricia Moskal


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