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Character Traits

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Morgan Taylor

on 13 October 2016

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Transcript of Character Traits

This is called the "STEAL method"
A character trait is the way a person or a character in a book/film acts: it’s a part of their personality and it comes from inside.

However, emotions are usually temporary feelings that may be due to an outside force, such as good news.

What are character traits?
Turn to the person next to you, and write down a few character traits that we haven't seen yet!

Hint: think about the personality of your favorite book/movie/TV character!

Remember - traits are not emotions, they show a character's personality, and what they might do!
Examples of character traits:
OLAF - "Frozen"
Olaf's traits:

Curious - he stops to smell the flower (actions)
Cautious - he's worried about Sven eating his nose / he's worried about losing his nose again (thoughts)
Inventive - he rearranges his body and tries to come up with ways to get across the ice (actions)
Grateful - he accepts his nose back from Sven (effect on others)
Visual example
OLAF - "Frozen"
I'm going to show you how to list character traits, looking at different parts of a character's personality, actions, and mannerisms.

My example is Olaf from the Disney movie, Frozen.
Visual example
Character Traits
Ms. Taylor
What character traits do you see in this clip?
Can you explain your answer?
Jot down notes if you need!
Your turn!
Character traits in action
I have 24 different character traits inside of a hat. We are going to play 'character traits charades' where you will volunteer to randomly pick a trait from the hat & act it out for us. Then, as a class, we will try to guess your trait!

Here is the 'word bank' for the different character traits:

Open to the question Google Classroom.

List and explain at least one character trait you feel that you have. How do you show that trait? Give examples using the STEAL method.
Assess Yourself!
1. bossy
2. brave
3. creative
4. forgetful
5. friendly
6. funny
7. greedy
8. helpful

9. honest
10. intelligent
11. inventive
12. lazy
13. messy
14. mischievous
15. organized
16. patient

17. polite
18. selfish
19. sensitive
20. serious
21. shy
22. stubborn
23. studious
24. talkative
Traits in text:
We are now going to read the short story, "Fly Away Home" together. Follow along as I read and assess the narrator/main character for their traits using the STEAL method.

Speech: What does the character say? How does the character speak?
Thoughts: What is revealed through the character’s private thoughts and feelings?
Effect: on others toward the character. What is revealed through the character’s effect on other people? How do other characters feel or behave in reaction to the character?
Actions: What does the character do? How does the character behave?
Looks: What does the character look like? How does the character dress?
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