3rd Grade - Characterization

 
     
 
     
 
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3rd
Stories and Literature
Characterization
Determine what characters are like by what they say or do and by how the author or illustrator portrays them.
The student knows what a character is and can identify the main character in the story. The student can describe the character based on their actions and dialogue in the story.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What is a character?

(2)

Who is the main character in the story?

(3)

What do I know about this character based on how they act in the story?

(4)

What do I know about this character based on how they talk in the story?

(5)

What type of character is this?

Learning Tips

(1)

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.

(2)

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.

(3)

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.

(4)

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?

(5)

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?

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Answer the following 12 questions about the characters in Charlotte’s Web.

Write one word to describe Fern.

(2)

What happened in the book that helped you think of the word to describe Fern?

(3)

In the book, Fern plays with Wilbur and spends lots of time with him. Her character is: A) kind B) intelligent C)silly

(4)

How do you think Fern feels when they take Wilbur to live at her aunt’s farm? Why?

(5)


Write one word to describe Wilbur.

(6)

What happened in the book that helped you think of the word to describe Wilbur?

(7)

In the book, Wilbur likes to spend time with Charlotte and the other animals. His character is: A) social B) lonely C) mean

(8)

How do you think Wilbur feels when Charlotte spins a web to help save him? Why?

(9)


Write one word to describe Charlotte.

(10)

What happened in the book that helped you think of the word to describe Charlotte?

(11)

In the book, Charlotte thinks of a plan to save Wilbur by spinning a web that describes Wilbur as a great pig. Her character is: A) lonely B) intelligent C) mean

(12)

How do you think Charlotte feels when she finds out that her plan worked and Wilbur can stay in the farm? Why?

(13)

Answer the following 12 questions about the characters in Sarah Plain and Tall.

Write one word to describe Anna.

(14)

What happened in the book that helped you think of the word to describe Anna?

(15)

In the book, Anna takes care of Caleb and does many chores around the farm. Her character is: A) responsible B) lazy C)silly

(16)

How do you think Anna feels when she finds out Sarah will live with them? Why?

(17)


Write one word to describe Sarah.

(18)

What happened in the book that helped you think of the word to describe Sarah?

(19)

In the book, Sarah treats Anna and Caleb like her own children. Her character is: A) motherly B) lonely C) mean

(20)

How do you think Sarah feels when she first meets Papa? Why?

(21)


Write one word to describe Caleb.

(22)

What happened in the book that helped you think of the word to describe Caleb?

(23)

In the book, Caleb likes to be silly with Anna. His character is: A) lonely B) intelligent C) playful

(24)

How do you think Caleb feels when he and Anna are waiting for Sarah to arrive? Why?

(25)

Describe your all time favorite character from a book. Make sure to include details from the book that support your description.

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