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  • The Character Sketch Essay Gayla S. Keesee Education Specialist Paine College, Augusta, GA Mack Gipson, Jr. Tutorial & Enrichment Center rev. 10/2006
  • Writing about character
    • Writing about a character, whether fictional or real, involves noting and analyzing a character’s
      • personality
      • actions
      • values
      • motives
  • Writing about character
    • When we analyze characters, we record their responses to the world around them.
    • By analyzing characters and their actions, we sometimes gain insight about ourselves.
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  • Writing about character
    • A character’s personality traits
    • A character’s physical appearance and name
    • A character’s actions
    • A character’s choices
    • A character’s speech
    • A character’s thoughts and feelings
    • A character’s past
    • A character’s comments about others
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  • A character’s personality traits
    • Traits refer to one’s attitudes or behaviors that reflect personality qualities.
      • a character may be curious, brave, cold, loving, aggressive, open-minded, or naïve.
    • Personality traits are also qualities that make us find people likeable, lovable, etc.
  • A character’s appearance & name
    • Physical appearance is important if it brings out a person’s unique personality qualities, culture , traditions , or influences .
      • His warm green eyes lead me
      • right to his soul.
    • A name is often significant as it may reveal information about one’s family background , tradition , influences , or personality traits.
  • A character’s actions
    • Remember the old cliché “Actions speak louder than words.”
    • A character’s behavior (actions) is usually motivated by his or her attitudes and values.
    • By examining potential reasons behind the actions, you can reveal a great deal about the inner world of a character.
  • A character’s choices
    • The choices people make regarding how they deal with obstacles, resolve conflicts, or overcome difficulties reveal character strengths or weaknesses .
    • We make judgments about people based on the choices they make every day.
  • A character’s speech
    • Based on what he/she says and how he/she says it, you can determine important qualities.
      • He/she is unhappy, selfish, sarcastic, or domineering, uneducated.
    • The choice of words spoken can also reveal important information about the character’s age , education , culture , and values .
  • A character’s thoughts & feelings
    • The saying “A penny for your thoughts” shows how much we wish to know others’ inner worlds.
    • By sharing their thoughts and emotions, people often reveal a great deal about themselves—motives and qualities.
      • love, hate, fear, revenge, etc.
  • A character’s past
    • Setting of one’s upbringing is important; we are the products of our early environment .
    • Significant past experiences influence who we are and shape our personalities.
    • Family background may also be important as it reveals values and traditions that are passed on from generation to generation.
  • A character’s comments about others
    • What people say about others often reveals important information about them as well.
      • How judgmental are they? How supportive?
  • The Character Sketch Essay Organization
  • Introduction
    • Introduce the character in a creative way.
      • Take the reader to the time and setting where you met your character.
      • Begin with a colorful illustration.
    • Introduce major personality characteristics to be developed and supported in the body.
    • Share why this individual is significant enough to you to write about. (Central idea)
  • Body
    • First, you may want to touch on physical characteristics , if important.
    • Next, develop and support each personality trait you mentioned in the introduction.
    • Provide incidents , actions , and behaviors to support your character’s qualities.
    • Make sure you develop at least one full paragraph per personality trait.
  • What to watch for. . .
    • Do not just tell what a person is like; show qualities through the use of incidents .
    • Do not describe a story or event that you experienced with someone without drawing some conclusion about your character.
    • Avoid developing points about a character that you did not list in the introduction.
  • Conclusion
    • Tell the reader why you are writing about this wonderful or terrible human being.
    • Consider discussing why this individual is significant to you—if at all.
    • You may want to share how this person has influenced you-- positively or negatively .
  • Summary
    • Introduction
      • Be creative; discuss significance of individual
      • Provide time and setting of original meeting
      • Begin with a colorful illustration
    • Body
      • Touch on physical appearance, if important
      • Develop each personality characteristic
    • Conclusion
      • Discuss why this individual is significant to you
  • Now it’s your turn!