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Developing Realistic Fictional Characters

I was assessing my students in Reading in a colleague’s office today.  As a student was finishing up a passage silently, I began looking at her walls.  I found a great chart on character development.  Loved it so much that I turned it into a “worksheet” of my own.  (I also altered it a bit so to include further examples for some of the items listed.)  Here it is:

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

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  1. All hail the character work sheet!

    I teach playwriting, but characters are characters – they come alive in the small details. When the writer knows the hopes and fears, the likes and dislikes, the memories, the background of a character, they become three dimensional. Will all these details make it into the final product? They never do, but it becomes easier to write for them specifically and effectively.


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