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Transcript of Character Traits
They are the details of
a character's personality
What are some examples
of character traits?
some can be postive
some can be negative
Why do I need to learn this?
Learning about a character's personality can help you understand the story better
Learning about a character's
personality can help you make
connections to the story.
How do I identify character traits?
Think about the following:
What does the character say and do?
What does the character think and feel?
These are usually 'right there' features
You can also think about:
what the character looks like?
what other characters think about the character?
How does the character make you feel?
Sometimes though, you have to
infer (read between the lines to identify
Use a graphic organizer to help you
Read a description from "A ManWho Had No
Eyes" and identify character traits for Mr. Parsons
"Mr. Parsons emerged from his hotel ...And, thought he was very glad to be alive. A few years ago he had been little more than a skilled laborer; now he was successful, respected, admired...Insurance...And he had done it alone, unaided...And he was still young. He was a handsome figure with his immaculate grey suit..."
from "A Man With No Eyes" by Kantor, MacKinlay, Sightlines 10, Prentice Hall Canada: Toronto, 2000
What character traits does
Mr. Parson's have? Fill out your graphic organizer
Character Traits are....
descriptive adjectives (words that describe a noun)
ways to describe specific qualities of the character
a method the author uses to let you know the character either directly, or indirectly (by telling us what a character does, or how others feel about him/her
I can use the graphic organizer to identify
character traits of the main character in the novel
I am reading.
Helps you predict what
a character might do next
Helps you understand a character's relationship with other characters
How might Mr. Parson's character traits help us understand the story?
Why is he glad to be alive?
How has his hard word paid off?
What lesson could we learn from Mr. Parsons?
Now read this excerpt and identify a
character trait for Baboushka
Once upon a time in a small village in Russia there was a woman called Baboushka.
Baboushka was very house-proud. She had the tidiest house in the village and the most beautiful garden.
She was always cooking and cleaning, scrubbing and sweeping, polishing, and painting. All the villagers were out in the square talking about a bright new star that had just appeard in the sky. Everyone was very excited about the star becaue it brought great news. But Baboushka didn't even notice the dazzling star - she was far too busy cleaning her house.
What character traits does Baboushka have? Fill out your graphic organizer
Questions that Evoke Conversation
How do things look for this character now?
What has the author told us or shown us about this character? How do you
Given what the author has already told us about this character, what do you
think he (she) is up to?
How has the author let you know that something has changed?
How does this character feel now? Why? How do you know?
What motivated this character to change?
Why was it important to this character that ____?
Sophisticated Vocabulary for Describing Characters
4. Why was Vinnie sad when her sculpture was finished?
A She wasn’t sure whether she would have another sculpting job.
B She knew she would not be able to visit Lincoln anymore.
C She wasn’t happy with the way the sculpture looked.
D She knew Lincoln didn’t like her work.
5. What kind of relationship does Mateo have with his father?
A Mateo loves his father but does not know how to please him.
B Mateo wonders why he must fish with his father every weekend.
C Mateo respects his father and enjoys his company.
D Mateo wishes that his father were more like his grandfather
How does ______ feel about ______?
How do _____ feelings change by the
end of the story?
How do _____ feel when they ____?
Go back to Text.
Read and Think about what the Text
WRITE YOUR OWN ANSWER!
Match answer to the answer choices and
choose the best one.
1. In paragraph 10, Jason almost swallows his gum because he is –
A expecting the new kid to be a boy
B nervous about having a new neighbor
C excited about the skateboard tricks he will learn
D angry that Amanda didn’t tell him she was a girl
2. Patrick’s mother runs to the lake to –
A go for a swim
B see if Buffy is causing problems
C make sure Patrick is all right
D watch Buffy fetch a stick
3. Read the sentence below from paragraph 10.
How does Patrick most likely feel at this moment?
A Amused by the dog’s actions
B Thankful that the dog is there
C Sad that he isn’t able to play
D Worried that his shirt may be torn
4. How does Patrick’s mother change by the end of the story?
1. How do Cory’s feelings change at the end of the story?
A He begins to feel better about being small.
B He decides that he is ready to ride by himself.
C He wants his brothers to stop growing.
D He does not like living on a ranch anymore.
2. How does Roberto probably feel when he sees the lights?
3. Clay take the rock he found to school because –
A his teacher started a rock collection
B he wants to learn more about it
C his teacher asked him to bring it
D he wants it to be a gift for Miss Shaw