In fictional text, the character moves the story forward. Character Analysis Worksheets help students take notes on how the character feels and acts. Using character analysis worksheets to find evidence helps students identify with the character as they read.
When analyzing characters, traits will be good to identify. Character traits describe what the character is like. Evidence from the story such as quotes, or actions that the character does help support the character trait. Often times, a story will give a detailed description of the character. This tells readers what the character looks like. Students can add details to their notes or draw a character sketch based on what they visualize from the reading.
Characters react to different events in the story. Character’s emotions can be caused by events. This evidence can be found in what the character says and how the character behaves. For example, a character may be sad if their parent gets a job in a new city. That event probably impacts the whole family moving.
Theme is an important element that can be identified through the character. Often times, the character learns something by the end of the story. For example, a story where the student moves to a new city might have the theme, “You need to be a friend, in order to make a friend.”
Character analysis is important to keep in mind when reading fiction. Events affect how the character behaves. The theme of the story is revealed through the character. The character is like the main ingredient in the story. Analyzing the character throughout the story improves students’ comprehension.