Character Trait Chart

Character Traits Chart Examples

By Peg Grafwallner, M.Ed.

One of my favorite resources is the Character Traits Chart by Education Oasis.

It can be used in a variety of ways, with any grade level and in any content area.  Here are just some examples of the ways I have used it:

English Language Arts (middle school/high school):

  • As your students are learning more about character, ask them to find evidence that aligns to one of the words listed in the wordbank.  As an example, when reading The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, ask students to find a word that best describes Romeo.  One word could be “arrogant.”  Now students find the evidence in the text that best proves the word.
  • To differentiate, ask students to look up the word “arrogant” in a thesaurus to find a more vivid and sophisticated word; such as “imperious.”  In that way, students are honing their vocabulary skills.
  • Another example to differentiate is to give students the blank Character Trait chart – the one without the wordbank.  Put students in small groups and ask them to brainstorm possible adjectives that describe the character.
  • In all three examples, students learn proper citing techniques and the importance of textual evidence.

Social Studies (high school):

  • Instead of characterization, use the Character Trait Chart as an opportunity for students to learn more about the important people in history.  As an example, when reading about the Civil Rights Movement, use a Character Trait Chart to describe Martin Luther King, Jr.  Have students read the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” as the text, while applying the words in the wordbank to Dr. King.  Again, students use textual evidence to prove their descriptive word.

Music (high school):

  • Apply the blank Character Trait Chart to a piece of music.  Ask students to create a list of vocabulary words that describe music that they have studied.  As an example, students create a wordbank describing the music of the Renaissance.  Then, students utilize those words as the teacher plays some music examples.  This gives students the chance to actively listen while applying the words they have created.

If you’re interested in more examples or want some more ideas, send me an email and let’s create a lesson together!


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