Every good story has a well thought out, robust character. In this English lesson plan, students will learn how to build a character from scratch by creating a visual web. The aim of this lesson is to teach them about the literary principles used when creating a character in a story.

In this lesson plan, students will learn:

  • How to build a character. Students will analyze a character within a piece of literature and list the key characteristics that define the character.
  •  Students will identify textual evidence that supports their claims. When researching their character, students will be asked to support their claims with valid sources, while learning how to source them correctly.
  • How to present. Students will be asked to create a graphical presentation that describes their character in a selection of literature.

Students will then be given an activity, where they can use Canva to create their own character. To take part in this lesson, students will require the following:

  • Access to a computer or mobile device
  • Internet connection
  • A Canva login
  • Students should have finished a piece of literature independently, in small groups or as a whole class. This can include a short passage or a novel. Students will describe a character in a piece of literature using evidence from the text.

To take the lesson one step further, have students use their character webs as a visual during a presentation where they summarize the plot of the book that they have read. Or, ask students to choose a new book to read after viewing the character webs created by their fellow classmates.

For more on this lesson, download the PDF Lesson Plan.

Written by
Monica Burns

Monica is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. She's presented to teachers, administrators and tech-enthusiasts at numerous national conferences and Apple Education events. She's a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a contributor to Edutopia and appoLearning.