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Character Traits Collection

We’ve made teaching character traits easy with this collection of free resources for your reading workshop.

Introduce the concept of character traits to your readers with these anchor charts and graphic organizers.

Children often benefit from learning about character traits.

This is another free resources for teachers created by The Curriculum Corner.

Why should you focus on character traits?

Helping children understand character traits is an important part of helping children grow as readers. 

The resources supplied here are meant to be used with students already able to identify the main character.

This set focuses on resources to help students understand what character traits are.

Readers will also learn the difference between the physical and character traits of the characters in stories.  

We have added a few organizers at the end that will help your students begin to understand how to compare characters using their knowledge of character traits.

Also, students will be identifying and describing how a character might have changed within a story.

Traits Organizer

This organizer is meant to help your students begin thinking about the difference between actual physical traits and internal character traits of the characters in their stories.  

Model this organizer in front of the class as you ask students to begin to think more deeply about the characters in their stories.

Character Traits Lists

Looking for character traits lists? You will find them in this collection!

There are two anchor charts which give your students some ideas for beginning character traits.  

These lists will help to move students away from describing their characters using only their appearances and will get them to focus on the personalities of the characters in their stories.  

We have created two anchor charts so that you can choose the one that is best for your students. You might use both as a means to differentiate among your students.

List of Character Traits

afraid

babyish

brave

careful

clumsy

confused

dishonest

fair

friendly

giving

grouchy

honest

impatient

jealous

lucky

noisy

angry

bored

brilliant

cheerful

concerened

curious

disrespectful

fearless

funny

grateful

happy

hopeful

independent

lazy

mean

smart

annoyed

bossy

calm

clever

confident

daring

excited

foolish

gently

greedy

helpful

imaginative

intelligent

lonely

mysterious

embarrassed

character traits lists

Character Traits vs. Physical Traits Sorting Cards (with Recording Page)

If you feel some of your students might need more practice with distinguishing between physical and character traits, use the set of 36 trait cards for students to sort.

These could be used for a mini-lesson, a small guided reading group activity or even a literacy center.  

We have included a recording page if you want students to write the words they are reading as they sort.

Traits Organizers

There are four graphic organizers you can model for students during mini-lessons to further discuss and/or review character traits.  

Use these during independent reading so that you can talk with students during reading conferences to check for understanding.

Traits Exit Tickets

This is a set of three different exit tickets focused on characters.  

They vary in level so you can use them as you move through your teaching or you can differentiate for the needs of students in your classroom.  

The first has students simply identifying the main character.

The second requires students to identify the main character along with a physical and a character trait.

The third has students identifying a character trait while supporting evidence from their story.

Comparing Characters

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

As always, model this for students before expecting them to work independently.

Characters Change

We also need to get our students thinking about how characters may change in the fiction stories they read.  (This will be the basis for understanding static vs. dynamic characters as their reading level grows.)  

Have students choose a book where the main character changes in some way from the beginning to the end. A book where the character learns a valuable lesson and then changes is a good idea.  

Read the story aloud and model this organizer. It will require your students to pinpoint a character’s traits, describe the problem the character faced and decide how the character has changed in the story.

Be sure to remind students that not all characters change in stories. You want them to think carefully about their specific characters in order to be able to complete this organizer.

Story Map

This is a simple story map that includes a review of elements such as main character, setting, problem and solution. It also contains a section for students to list  traits.

You can download this free collection here:

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Below you will find some of our favorite books for teaching this skill (contains affiliate links)

As with all of our resources, The Curriculum Corner creates these for free classroom use. Our products may not be sold. You may print and copy for your personal classroom use. These are also great for home school families!

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Wednesday 5th of May 2021

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Amanda Ferris

Sunday 13th of November 2016

Thank you for your kindness in sharing these resources for free. I look forward to using them with my class.

Becky

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

I can't wait to use this with my students!! Thanks for creating and making it free for us busy bees!

Susan Anderson

Tuesday 14th of June 2016

Thanks!

David

Sunday 5th of June 2016

I appreciate finding this resource and look forward to using it next school year.