How’s my character feeling?

As my colleagues and I attempted to teach our students to have deeper and stronger conversations about characters, we realized that the trouble they were having wasn’t that they didn’t understand the stories or have ideas about the characters – it was that their vocabularies didn’t contain sorts of “juicy” words that could explain their thinking precisely.

After some research into the ways other people explained and shared these terms with their students, we culled the best of all their ideas, and captured them in the following chart.  Once the children familiarize themselves with this character traits vocabulary list, they can learn to discuss characters with more precision, and gradually outgrow this scaffold.