These resources were updated October 2015.  The new resources include better graphic organizers plus additional resources, all free!  You can find these resources here:  Character Traits

Beginning Character Mapping Help students identify the difference between a character’s appearance and character traits using this graphic organizer.

Characters Have Personality Use this graphic organizer to help students identify and support character traits in books they are reading.

Character traits lists – These lists are a great resource for your students!  They are designed for easy differentiation in your classroom.  Choose the list that is best for each student.  List 1 is simplest, with list 3 containing higher level character traits.

Character Traits List 1

Character Traits List 2

Character Traits List 3

Comparing Characters – This graphic organizer has students using what they’ve learned about the characters’ traits to compare and contrast characters from the same story or different stories.

Character Traits Map – Make sure your students can support their thinking with details from the story.  In this organizer, they not only need to determine some relevant character traits, but they need to find text from the story to support their choices.  This organizer works GREAT with the Character Traits Lists above!

Characters Change – Do your students think about how characters change in the fiction stories they read?  This response helps them to pinpoint a character’s traits, describe the problem the character faces and decide how the character has changed in the story.

Characters Change Graphic Organizer – This response asks for the same information as the one above, but has the students respond in more of a graphic organizer format.

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  • Denise October 1, 2012, 7:07 pm

    Love the graphic organizers. They are just what I need to get my fourth graders to think with more details about characters in texts. Thanks so much, now I don’t have to make my own!!!

  • karen November 15, 2012, 9:22 pm

    terrific ideas for studying character and stories. thanks!

  • Trina January 16, 2013, 7:55 pm

    OMG I love the graphic organizers…thanks!!!!

  • Mili February 5, 2013, 10:24 am

    Great organizers! Thanks!

  • melessa February 9, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Stubbled onto this site and love it! Thanks for the help!

  • Matt March 2, 2013, 2:35 pm

    Thank you! I’m planning on using these with my middle schoolers as they learn how to describe people in their own stories, and these visuals will definitely help them! Thanks c:

  • neena March 3, 2013, 3:21 am

    oh my god! these are simply fantastic! thanks for sharing! am doing a fairy tale unit in grade 5 and these are just great!

  • Mercia March 5, 2013, 12:14 pm

    Thank you so much for these wonderful graphic organizers. They were just what I needed for my students to use for their book projects.

  • Debbie Halter August 2, 2013, 5:22 pm

    Thank you so much. The character studies and exit slips are wonderful.

  • Dee October 31, 2013, 10:07 am

    These are some terrific ideas. Thank you.

  • Gwen February 3, 2014, 7:24 pm

    Thank you for the creative, well illustrated, and colorful activities. I am so grateful that they are free. I don’t mind paying people for their work but teachers are not appreciated for what they do spend. Thanks for caring. Great Ideas!!!!!!

  • Coleen March 11, 2014, 8:22 pm

    Experienced teacher loves this site. Thanks a lot.

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  • Catherine Blue July 21, 2014, 8:05 am

    Thanks I so love this.. I will work with my ESL students this summer to learn more about characteristics!

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  • Mr. Figueroa February 6, 2015, 9:32 am

    This is a great site. Thank You. Mr. Figueroa ESL Teacher from Puerto Rico.

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    I was looking and looking for character analysis sheets…YOURS WAS THE BEST!!! Thanks!

  • Ruth Banks February 4, 2016, 8:02 am

    I am a retired teacher and still remain active substitute teaching. When I accept long-term assignments, I am sometimes left having to find materials. Your lists and free printable worksheets are a time saver and the references to Common Core Standards are GREAT!