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Character Sketch

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Sarah Weisner

on 16 January 2014

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Transcript of Character Sketch

Character Sketch
Sometimes called a characterization or profile
The character sketch is a type of writing that involves the skills of observation, description, recollection, choice of fact and opinion, and arrangement of details.
You are introducing the reader to someone
When you write a character sketch, you are trying to introduce the reader to someone. You want the reader to have a strong mental image of the person, to know how the person talks, to know the person's characteristic ways of doing things, to know something about the person's value system. Character sketches only give snapshots of people; therefore, you should not try to write a history of the person.
Choose your subject
For your character sketch, choose a person whom you know well. It could be a family member or relative; it could be someone who is a role model for you -- someone you look up to or admire. You could also choose to write about a close friend. Whomever you chose, it should be someone who has been in some way important in your life.
A character sketch blends physical characteristics and actions to focus on one or two dominant traits of a person.
Narrow your focus to a specific person
Arrange your details logically
Writing style fits with the purpose and audience
Use specific and lively words to bring the subject to life
Use a variety of sentence types
Capitalization, spelling, punctuation, and grammar are correct
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