Lesson: Character Traits Affect Character Actions

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Lesson Objective

Students will notice how character traits affect character actions.

Lesson Plan

Warm Up (3-5 mins) Students are seated on the carpet with a partner.  Students will be expected to turn and talk with this partner during guided practice. Students read the objective.  Readers, yesterday we talked about physical and emotional character traits.  Today we will talk about how character traits affect character actions.  It is important to notice that characters act based on who they are as a person and based on what they think or believe.  As readers we want to get close to our characters so we can make connections with them and better understand the story.

Instruction (3-5 mins) Remember character traits tell or show you how the characters in a story look, feel, and act.  (Teacher Note: This lesson is an extension from a previous lesson.  In order to discuss character actions based on character traits the students must first have an understanding of character traits.  Please refer to the lesson character traits for specific read aloud passages and charts).  Teacher displays class character trait chart.  This chart lists the physical and emotional traits students shared out about Unhei, the main character in The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi.  We all did a great job describing Unhei using character traits yesterday.  Remind students some of the traits they shared out. 

Modeling/Guided Practice (10-15 mins) By this point in the unit we will have read The Name Jar repeatedly in class.  Any picture book or book that students are familiar with would work for this lesson.  Teacher reads aloud entire book as a refresher for students.  We described Unhei as self-conscious and nervous at the beginning of the book.  Now that we know this about Unhei’s personality it helps us understand why she was unwilling to tell the students her real name the first day of school.  Unhei is self-conscious about being different and therefore acts a certain way in the beginning of the story. Teacher stops on a page that has an image of the main character Unhei.  Teacher fills in class chart with the details of Unhei's actions.

Now that we have read the entire book.  Turn and tell a partner another action that Unhei completes in this book that shows she is self-conscious about her name.  (possible answers: she won't tell the students her name, she blushes when she first walks in the room, she is embarrased on the school bus when students pick on her).  Students share out responses and teacher adds to the chart.

Independent Practice (15-20 mins) Students return to their seats and complete their own character trait/action chart.  Students should read independently in their "just right" books and fill out the chart using details from their own book.  Students work independently for approximately 15 minutes.  Students who struggle with determining their own character traits may use the list of character traits attached to this lesson. 


Exit Slip (3-5 mins) Students complete the character chart as an exit slip to ensure all students mastered the objective for the lesson.


Reflection: This lesson works well if it is preceded by at least one character trait lesson.  I have found it to be much easier for students to grasp the concept if a story is used students are already familiar with.  Determining the character trait is the hardest part of this lesson but most students were successful in determining the action if they were given the trait beforehand.

Lesson Resources

List of Character Traits   Activity
Character Trait/Action chart   Activity


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