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Character Traits

Introduction to character traits
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Jamie Dozier

on 18 June 2015

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Transcript of Character Traits

What are Character Traits?
They are the details of
a character's personality
What are some examples
of character traits?

HONEST
Tireless
Unselfish
Selfish
Cheerful
Pretty
Proud
Unorganized
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
character traits...
Shy
happy
Use a graphic organizer to help you
Guided Practice
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
handsome
successful
persistent
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
devious
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?
Independent Practice
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
hard worker
Character Traits
Questions that Evoke Conversation
Character Analysis
How do things look for this character now?
What has the author told us or shown us about this character? How do you
know?
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
able
active
adventurous
affectionate
afraid
alert
ambitious
angry
annoyed
anxious
apologetic
arrogant
attentive
average
bad
blue
bold
bored
bossy
brainy
brave
bright
brilliant
busy
calm
careful
careless
cautious
charming
cheerful
childish
clever
clumsy
coarse
concerned
confident
confused
considerate
Cooperative




courageous
cowardly
cross
cruel
curious
dangerous
daring
dark
decisive
demanding
dependable
depressed
determined
discouraged
dishonest
disrespectful
doubtful
dull
dutiful
eager
easygoing
efficient
embarrassed
encouraging
energetic
evil
excited
expert
fair
faithful
fearless
fierce
foolish
fortunate
foul
fresh
friendly
Frustrated






funny
gentle
giving
glamorous
gloomy
good
graceful
grateful
greedy
grouchy
grumpy
guilty
happy
harsh
hateful
healthy
helpful
honest
hopeful
hopeless
humorous
ignorant
imaginative
impatient
impolite
inconsiderate
independent
industrious
innocent
intelligent
jealous
kindly
lazy
leader
lively
lonely
loving
loyal
lucky
mature
Mean





messy
miserable
mysterious
naughty
nervous
nice
noisy
obedient
obnoxious
old
peaceful
picky
pleasant
polite
poor
popular
positive
precise
proper
proud
quick
quiet
rational
reliable
religious
responsible
restless
rich
rough
rowdy
rude
sad
safe
satisfied
scared
secretive
selfish
serious
sharp
Short





shy
silly
skillful
sly
smart
sneaky
sorry
spoiled
stingy
strange
strict
stubborn
sweet
talented
tall
thankful
thoughtful
thoughtless
tired
tolerant
touchy
trusting
trustworthy
unfriendly
unhappy
upset
useful
warm
weak
wicked
wise
worried
wrong
young

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

Character Traits
Stems
 How does ______ feel about ______?
 How do _____ feelings change by the
end of the story?
 How do _____ feel when they ____?
Strategy
 Go back to Text.
 Read and Think about what the Text
Says.
 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?
A Disappointed
B Clever
C Excited
D Foolish

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

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