Character Traits

Contributor: Jessica Buch. Lesson ID: 10175

Ever say, "So-and-so is a real character"? People and characters in stories have character traits, or personalities. Listen to a story and examine someone you know to learn about character traits!



learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Happy, funny, smart, silly, honest. What do these words have in common? They are all adjectives that could be used to describe a character in a story! These traits help readers connect with the characters in the books we love to read! Do they describe you?

What are character traits?

They can be described as parts that make up a character's personality, both good and bad.

For example, if you think about the story of Goldilocks, some of Goldilocks' character traits might be curious, stubborn, hungry, and brave. Winnie the Pooh might be described as having the character traits of faithfulness, loyalty, kindness, and friendliness.

Let's imagine for a moment that you are a character in a book. Which words would describe your character traits? Once you have thought of five words, review Character Traits List from Do any of these traits describe you? Add them to your list!

As we read, we often have a picture in our mind of each character's traits, or personality.

You're going to listen to and read along with a story called Thank You, Mr. Falker. While you read, think about which words you would use to describe the main character, Trisha:

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