Character Mapping
Guide
A Character Map is a way to organize and track the development of a character.

Rationale: Research demonstrates spatially arranging information increases retention and understanding. Character maps allow for students to critically think about the development of a character and how that progresses throughout a text.

Instructions: Identify the main characters of the story. Create a character map by first writing the character’s name in a circle in the middle of a piece of paper. From there branch out descriptors of the character such as what the character looks like, how the character behaves, how the character is perceived by others, and other such categories. Descriptors must be backed by factual events in the story that can be branched out after the descriptor.


General Guidelines:
· Be complete and as organized as possible
· Identify important characters; it is important to be thorough but there is no need to create an excess of maps
· Keep in mind each descriptor is supposed to be short. Factual evidence backing each descriptor may be one or two sentences at most.
· Including page numbers with factual evidence is optional but recommended, as you are likely looking through the book anyways for facts and thus it would not be a large step to write them down. Page numbers will be particularly useful for studying for an exam or finishing another activity.

Rubric:

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Example:

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