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Internal and External Character Traits

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on 10 September 2016

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Transcript of Internal and External Character Traits

Internal vs. External
External
: These are traits that you can see and use to describe what a character looks like.

Internal
: These are traits that describe the way a character acts.
EX: alert, ambitious, bossy, lazy, jealous, smart, lucky, etc.
Essential Questions
What are traits?
Take a couple of seconds to think about the main character in the book that you are currently reading.
What types of traits do you believe your character has? (internal and external)
How might our character's traits influence his/her actions in the story?
For this example, we'll use the character of Harry Potter from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.




Character Trait
When we talk about a character, we often describe that character in terms of character traits.
Descriptive
adjectives
like happy or sad that tell us the specific qualities of the character.
They're the same kinds of words that we might use to describe ourselves or others.
How do we FIND character traits?
The author may
tell
us these traits directly, but more often the author will
show
us these traits in action.
Our job as readers is to draw a conclusion about the character's traits (to
infer
them) from what the character says, thinks, and does.
We might infer a character trait from something a character does only once, or we might draw our conclusions from a series of things the character says and does.
Internal and External Character Traits
What is a character trait?
How are internal and external character traits different?
How do character traits influence actions?
For Example...
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