Characters Traits and Functions by Jamee Summers

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Understand character traits and the role they play within a story. Understand a character is a large part of understanding what you're reading.

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Characters Traits and Functions by Jamee Summers

  1. 1. When you read a story, think of the char Friendly CHEAP EVIL Unintelligent Whiny Silly
  2. 2. - What does the character say and do? - What does the character think and feel? - How does the character look? - What do the other characters think abo - How does the character make you feel?
  3. 3. What does the character say and do? What does the character think and feel? What do the other characters think about the character? How does the character look? How does the character make you feel? Name a character trait: ___________________________ If possible, name another character trait: __________
  4. 4. Once upon a time, in a small village in Russia there lived a woman called Barbara. Barbara was very proud of her house. 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.
  5. 5. All the villagers were out in the square talking about a bright new star that had just appeared in the sky. Everyone was very excited about the star because it brought great news. But Barbara didn’t even notice the dazzling star – she was far too busy cleaning her house.
  6. 6. What does the character say and do? What does the character think and feel? What do the other characters think about the character? How does the character look? How does the character make you feel? Name a character trait: ___________________________ If possible, name another character trait: __________
  7. 7. What does the character say and do? She was always cleaning. She doesn’t notice the dazzling star. What does the character think and feel? What do the other characters think about the character? How does the character look? How does the character make you feel? Name a character trait: ___________________________ If possible, name another character trait: __________
  8. 8. What does the character say and do? She was always cleaning. She doesn’t notice the dazzling star. What does the character think and feel? How does the character look? She is very proud of her house. What do the other characters think about the character? How does the character make you feel? Name a character trait: ___________________________ If possible, name another character trait: __________
  9. 9. What does the character say and do? She was always cleaning. She doesn’t notice the dazzling star. What does the character think and feel? She is very proud of her house. What do the other characters think about the character? How does the character look? She looks very neat and clean. How does the character make you feel? Name a character trait: ___________________________ If possible, name another character trait: __________
  10. 10. What does the character say and do? She was always cleaning. She doesn’t notice the dazzling star. What does the character think and feel? She is very proud of her house. What do the other characters think about the character? She had the tidiest house and the most beautiful garden. How does the character look? She looks very neat and clean. How does the character make you feel? Name a character trait: ___________________________ If possible, name another character trait: __________
  11. 11. What does the character say and do? She was always cleaning. She doesn’t notice the dazzling star. What does the character think and feel? She is very proud of her house. What do the other characters think about the character? She had the tidiest house and the most beautiful garden. How does the character look? She looks very neat and clean. How does the character make you feel? I like her. She seems like a nice lady. Name a character trait: ___________________________ If possible, name another character trait: __________
  12. 12. What does the character say and do? She was always cleaning. She doesn’t notice the dazzling star. What does the character think and feel? She is very proud of her house. What do the other characters think about the character? She had the tidiest house and the most beautiful garden. How does the character look? She looks very neat and clean. How does the character make you feel? I like her. She seems like a nice lady. Name a character trait: Clean If possible, name another character trait: __________
  13. 13. What does the character say and do? She was always cleaning. She doesn’t notice the dazzling star. What does the character think and feel? She is very proud of her house. What do the other characters think about the character? She had the tidiest house and the most beautiful garden. How does the character look? She looks very neat and clean. How does the character make you feel? I like her. She seems like a nice lady. Name a character trait: Clean If possible, name another character trait: Hard-work
  14. 14. - Character traits are descriptive adjecti - We can describe characters using character traits that tell us specific qualities ofmay character. character the tell us the - An author traits directly, but more often the author will show us these traits by what the character does.
  15. 15. A long time ago, Nyame the god of the sky gave Ananzi a huge pot which held all the wisdom of the world. Nyame told Ananzi to share the wisdom with everyone he met. The pot was filled with wonderful pictures, stories, music and many more exciting ideas. Whenever Ananzi looked in the pot he learned something new. Ananzi didn’t want to share the wisdom. “I will keep it for myself!” he thought. So Ananzi decided to hide the pot of wisdom
  16. 16. He tied a rope around the pot and then tied it around his waist. But the pot was too heavy and kept getting in Ananzi’s way. Ananzi’s son watched him climb the tree. “Tie the pot to your back”, he shouted, “It will make it easier to climb.” So Ananzi tied the pot to his back and very soon he was at the top of the tree. But when he got to the top he was very angry. “My son knows more than I do and I have the pot of wisdom,” he cried. Ananzi was so angry that he threw the pot
  17. 17. What does the character say and do? What does the character think and feel? What do the other characters think about the character? How does the character look? How does the character make you feel? Name a character trait: ___________________________ If possible, name another character trait: __________
  18. 18. - Help us understand why characters speak and act the way they do. -Help us understand what the characters think or why they have certain beliefs. - Help us understand a character’s relationship with other characters. - Help us predict what characters might do next.
  19. 19. - Why does Ananzi want to hide the pot of knowledge? - How does Ananzi feel about his son? - What kind of relationship will Ananzi have with the people who now have bits of theme (lesson) could Ananzi - What knowledge? learn from the events in the story?
  20. 20. - Character traits are descriptive adjectives. - We can describe characters using traits that tell us the specific qualities of the character. - An author may tell us the character traits directly, but more often the author will show us these traits by what the character does.
  21. 21. - What does the character say and do? - What does the character think and feel? does the character look? - How - What do the other characters think about does the character make you - How the character? feel?

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