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1 To view BROWSE and highlight FULL SCREEN

2 Describing a character . . .
Character Sketch Describing a character . . . Drawing isn’t the only way to create a portrait. You can also create a portrait using words—in a character sketch. For example, in A Christmas Carol, the reader forms an image of Scrooge’s personality based on what he looks like, what he says, what he does, and how others behave toward him.

3 Describing a character . . .
Character Sketch Describing a character . . . Character sketches appear in many genres, from poetry to fiction to news stories. They can help your audience feel like they truly know your character.

4 B a s i c s i n a B o x Character Sketch at a Glance RUBRIC
STANDARDS FOR WRITING person’s actions and speech A successful character sketch should physical description mannerisms of person present a vivid picture of the personality and physical appearance of the person give a main impression of the person include dialogue, mannerisms, descriptions, and other devices that show, rather than tell, what the character is like reveal the writer’s response to the person have a clear structure, a strong beginning, and a strong conclusion Main Impression of Subject writer’s feelings about the person surroundings other people’s reactions to the person

5 Writing Your Character Sketch Prewriting
1 Prewriting Whom do you want to write about? Start by thinking about your favorite character in the play. Jot down as many details about this character as you can.

6 Planning Your Character Sketch
Explore your feelings. Why is this person significant to the play? What details or incidents can you describe that show why he or she is important.?

7 Personality Characteristics
Planning Your Character Sketch 2. Create mental images of the person. Try picturing your subject in his or her usual surroundings. How does your subject act, speak, and look? Make a chart like this one to record details. Personality Characteristics Physical What subject says What subject does How others react

8 Planning Your Character Sketch
3. Place your character in a setting. Describe the person in a time and place that will reveal his or her personality. Your character is attending a party and will reveal his/her personality through comments about the people, the times, and his/her significance in the play.

9 Planning Your Character Sketch
4. Decide on your main impression. What impression do you want your audience to have about the person? Which details from your chart best create this impression?

10 Writing Your Character Sketch Drafting
2 Drafting As you write your first draft, try to visualize the person. Focus on the main impression you want to create. Get your ideas down on paper. You can go back and revise your work later.

11 Writing Your Character Sketch Drafting
2 Drafting Show, Don’t Tell Good character sketches include plenty of details that help readers visualize. Instead of telling readers everything about your subject, use examples and dialogue that show what your subject is like. For example, in A Christmas Carol, Scrooge refuses to give Christmas tips to his servants or his employee. Readers can see for themselves that Scrooge is stingy.

12 Writing Your Character Sketch Drafting
2 Drafting Organizing Your Draft One way to draft your introduction is to grab your audience’s attention with a curious detail or quote. Develop your subject’s personality in the body of the essay. Your ending should leave readers with a clear picture of your subject and how you feel about him or her. All of these parts should be balanced and connected by effective transitions and unified ideas.

13 Writing Your Character Sketch Revising
3 Revising TARGET SKILL WORD CHOICE Carefully chosen verbs and adjectives can bring a character to life. Specific words help to create vivid writing.

14 Writing Your Character Sketch Editing and Proofreading
4 Editing and Proofreading Transition Words Paragraphs Punctuation Specific Word Choice Voice Spelling

15 Writing Your Character Sketch REVISE
4 REVISE Read your essay out loud. Listen to it. Have your writing partner read it. Does it sound convincing and realistic? Will the audience be convinced?

16 Writing Your Character Sketch Reflecting
5 Reflecting FOR YOUR WRITING FOLDER What did you learn while doing this assignment? How did writing this character sketch change the way you look at people?

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