Character Trait Lesson


Recommended Materials:

Chart of character Traits. It is helpful for students to have a list of character traits before them since they often do not have the vocabulary readily accessible for naming them.

Suggested 3rd grade books that develop character: Freckle Juice; Chalk Box Kid and Molly's Pilgrim, 100 Dresses (a challenging book)


Goal: To teach what a character trait is through examples and definition.

To find evidence in texts which demonstrate character traits.


Definition: Character traits are the parts that make up the personality of the character. They tell the reader the type of person the character is.


Connection to self: We all have character traits and we see them in people each day.

Example: I never want to do the dishes and they keep piling up in the sink.

What does that tell you about my personality? [lazy, dirty, procrastinator]


Example: When I get up in the morning, I never change my routine. I always do the same thing in order. I get up. I get dressed, always putting my shoes and socks on first. Then I eat. Then I drink my coffee and read the paper. Then I drink my orange juice. Then I brush my teeth and curl my hair. What does this tell you about me?


Example: Now, let's think about the type of person you are. What does your bedroom look like? .......................................... What character trait does that suggest?

Is there anyone that almost misses the bus every day? ..... What character trait would this suggest?


Summarizing and focusing

What we have just done is examine our character traits. Notice we did not talk about how we looked or what we wear, because that is not a trait. It is just a description.

When we read the author gives us clues to the character's traits. The clues he gives are:

What the character says.

What the character does.

What other characters and the author says about the character.

There are many different types of traits a character can have. Mention some of the traits on the chart so students begin to think about them. (You may ask students to give an example of that trait.)

Application

Let's think about Andrew in Freckle Juice. What character traits does he have?

(Go through the above steps and ask-- what trait does that suggest about him.)


Future application: Character trait graphic to be filled out and discussed.

Reading journal: Keep a record of relevant things that a character says and does, and what others say; use that to arrive at character traits for the characters. Students can be assigned different characters in a book to track and then bring to guided reading for discussion.



Finding Character Traits

We learn about the personality traits of characters from what they do and say and what others say about them. As you read each chapter, find two traits that give you a better understanding of a character in that chapter. Write the evidence / quote from the text that supports your idea.


CHARACTER

TRAIT

EVIDENCE























































CHARACTER TRAITS


Use this list to help you identify the character traits you find in your book. You may add others not on this list.


    

angry


hard working

stubborn

aggressive (tries to be first, most important, may like to argue or fight)

honest

superstitious

ambitious


humorous

thoughtful

appreciative

(thankful for other's help)

imaginative


thoughtless

bashful

impatient

trusting

brave

impulsive (does things quickly without thinking about them)

understanding

bragging

inconsiderate

unselfish

cautious

independent

uncooperative

clever

kind

wise

confident

lazy


conceited

(thinks he is better than others)

loyal

cruel

curious

mischievous (likes to play tricks or get into small troubles)

grouchy

considerate

obedient

serious

caring

overconfident

gullible

determined

patient

shy

dishonest

proud


enthusiastic

reasonable


foolish

reliable


friendly

responsible


generous

self-sacrificing


gentle

sensible