After a reading session at home, have your child discuss a character in their book with you. Ask open ended questions so you can get an idea if they really understand the character.
Your child’s favorite TV shows also have characters. Discuss these characters with them as an easier way for them to grasp the idea of determining what a character is like by their actions and words.
Use a bubble map to help your child describe a character. In the middle of a piece of paper draw a bubble with the characters name in the middle. Then have your child lists adjectives that describe that character.
Sometimes children may not expand on a character and just give a one word response. If this is the case, ask them why they think this about the character. What happened in the book that supports your ideas about the character?
If your child only gives details of what happened in the book with the character but no adjective, prompt them to think of an adjective. If someone makes fun of other people, what do we call that? Do you think that character was smart because he got straight A’s on his report card?