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1 Character Traits Becoming Analyzing Readers

2 What is a Character Trait? A word to describe a person A word to describe a person Not a physical trait which describes a person’s physical features (the way they look) or their abilities. Example: tall Not a physical trait which describes a person’s physical features (the way they look) or their abilities. Example: tall A focuses on a person’s personality or demeanor (the way they act). Example: funny A character trait focuses on a person’s personality or demeanor (the way they act). Example: funny

3 How Does Analyzing Character Traits Help You Become a Better Reader? When you are able to identify a character’s traits, you are able to understand their actions and motives. When you are able to identify a character’s traits, you are able to understand their actions and motives. You can make predictions about how a character will react to different situations. You can make predictions about how a character will react to different situations. Understanding the character gives you an understanding of the story. Understanding the character gives you an understanding of the story.

4 How to Determine Traits Try to identify permanent traits and not just a temporary emotion that goes against a person’s normal character makeup. Try to identify permanent traits and not just a temporary emotion that goes against a person’s normal character makeup. A good rule of thumb is to identify traits that you can supply plenty of examples and not just one. A good rule of thumb is to identify traits that you can supply plenty of examples and not just one.

5 Is It Easy? Not hard with a little thought. Not hard with a little thought. Characters are an important element of story. Characters are an important element of story. The traits of a character can be stated or can be shown to the reader by the character’s actions. The traits of a character can be stated or can be shown to the reader by the character’s actions.

6 For Example When you are reading a story the author may tell you the character is a generous person. When you are reading a story the author may tell you the character is a generous person. The author may also show you that the character is generous by telling about a time he/she acted generously. The author may also show you that the character is generous by telling about a time he/she acted generously.

7 5 Ways to identify a Character’s Traits in a Story 1. What the character says and thinks 2. What the character does 3. What others say and think about the character 4. How others react to the character

8 How to Explain/Prove a Person’s Character Traits Use specific examples and then make a connection between the example and trait. Use specific examples and then make a connection between the example and trait. For example, if you say Brian (The River – Gary Paulsen) is brave, it is not acceptable to say he traveled down the river and overcame many obstacles. For example, if you say Brian (The River – Gary Paulsen) is brave, it is not acceptable to say he traveled down the river and overcame many obstacles. Instead, you must specifically explain the obstacles and THEN explain how this makes him a brave person. Instead, you must specifically explain the obstacles and THEN explain how this makes him a brave person.

9 So, Always state trait…..give example……make connection state trait…..give example……make connection

10 The Hare and the Tortoise The hare was arrogant and confident. Trait: ConfidentProof/Action: He decided he would take a rest. Connection: He thought there was not way that s-l-o-w turtle could catch up to him. He thought the turtle was so slow that a small nap would not do any harm. He would not have napped if he thought it would cost him the race.

11 Review 1. What are character traits? 2. What is the difference between a character trait and physical trait? 3. How do you think character traits will help you become a better reader?

12 Practise Character traits of Kristen Character traits of Kristen Example and connection between trait and example Example and connection between trait and example Physical traits of Kristen Physical traits of Kristen Character traits for Walk Character traits for Walk Physical traits Physical traits

13 Get Ready… Let’s practice our skills Let’s practice our skills Read, ‘First Impressions’ Read, ‘First Impressions’ Choose a character to which you can identify Choose a character to which you can identify Use the graphic organizer to record 4 character traits of that person Use the graphic organizer to record 4 character traits of that person Supply to examples or proof from the story to support that character trait Supply to examples or proof from the story to support that character trait Use any physical characteristics to help you draw and colour the character Use any physical characteristics to help you draw and colour the character

14 CHARACTER TRAITS


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