Character Traits Anchor Chart

Welcome to our character traits anchor chart section! Character traits are qualities that define a character within a story. Readers can look for clues that are provided directly by the author, make interpretations based on a character’s language, thoughts, and action, and consider insights that other characters provide. Understanding and learning to assign traits to characters enriches reader-text connections and helps to build a diverse trove of vocabulary. As learners mature, their insights related to character traits will deepen based on their experiences and the complexity of the text itself. It is a skill that evolves continuously.

To make the most out of character trait analysis, always:

Read Actively: Note characters’ actions and emotions; identify recurring behaviors that define the character.

Return and Develop: If you analyze character traits throughout a longer work, return to your early analysis to add to it. Be aware of changes that occur based on the story’s development.

Text-Based Evidence: Support character trait analysis with evidence from the text; keep track of coordinating page numbers where these details occur.

Character trait analysis is a skill that improves with practice. Always consider creative and engaging tools that you can use to deepen student learning. Conversely, be mindful of the power of routines. Learners can grow their skills through repeated practice with certain classroom tools and structures.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, K
CCSS Standard
R.3, R.7, Reading: Literature or Informational Texts
NGLS Standard
R.3, R.7, Reading Literature or Informational Texts

Character Traits Anchor Charts

Character Trait Graphic Templates