Character Development Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: RL.6.3
Developing a character is basically a process that all authors are tasked with when they create a work of fiction. Authors need to make their characters, to a good extent, believable. They could do this by providing their personalities with a bit of depth. The authors' ultimate goal is to connect with their readers and make readers find value in their characters. Regardless if you are writing about animals or robots, as a writer, your job is to make those characters human. The worksheets that are found below can provide you with a good bit of help to understanding what goes into developing a persona in literature.
Character Development Worksheets To Print:
- This is a prediction organizer to get you focused on understanding
the character's thoughts more.
History - In the lines below, write a detailed paragraph of
your main character's relationships with the minor characters before
the story began.
- Your main character is sick and needs to fill out a form before
he or she sees the doctor.
Traits - The key to not having similar-looking characters in
every story is to brainstorm a variety of traits and mixing them together.
- Create a timeline below of your main character's life before the
actual story begins.
Relationship Map - Write the name of your main character in
the space below, and describe the appearance, relationship to at least 3 supporting characters.
Development - Read one of your favorite books or short stories.
Notice key details about the characters, specifically the focus of the story.
More Related Topics:
Character Actions and Decisions - We show you how to evaluate not only these acts, but also how they respond to the actions and choices of other people in the story.
How Do You Develop a Character?
Any character that you present to your audience is going to have under lying goals and motivations that you will need to bring to the surface. Your character's main goal is usually the morale of the story and it is really the reason you are even telling this story at all. You should really build this goal and tell all about it. Tell what the main character is concerned about and if any form of internal or external conflict exists within trying to achieve that goal. Also explore how the supporting characters and antagonist of the story feel about that goal. It is best to often ask yourself at each stage of the writing how your characters feel. Are they happy, sad, mad whatever emotion they are feeling? Ask yourself, at each stage of your writing, if you are getting that through to your readers. It is also very helpful for you characters to have a past. This instantly establishes an identity for them. A healthy back story also requires less of the author going forward. If you think of some movies you have seen, there are a few that are more back story then present day story.
One of the coolest things about writing fiction is that you can decide what happens to all of your characters. You decide your character stays the course and does exactly what they say they are going to go. You can also have your character go completely off the rails and become a loose cannon.
Things to Consider When Preparing Your Audience
When we are introducing a personality whether it be a human or wildly out there fiction, we always what to think about what our audience is thinking throughout the piece. Many writers will go overboard with descriptions of these personas. Some will tread too little and not give enough detail. How do we know when we over or under shared? A good way to go about this is think up all the adjectives that you want your readers to think when they key on a particular persona. Then just make certain that your description covers all of those aspects.
Another thing to keep in mind is that how your personality carries themselves when it comes to speech and in particular dialogue. Do they have an accent or speech issue? Do they have a funny way about them or walk in certain manner? What does their natural body language indicate to your readers and can you get that across in the written word? This can also help your audience draw a conclusion on the age and nationality of this persona. Given enough dialogue, the audience may be able to uncover the level of education that this particular has and those that surround them. You can also allude to their internal thoughts by having them day dream or through the use of a narrator.