Character Description Worksheets:
INNER LIFE –
This is a quick sheet to profile your characters.
Indirect Characterization –
Indirect characterization means showing things that reveal character, rather than describing character. Using the
worksheet below, choose a story you have read recently and try to complete the chart. Does the author use all five
methods of indirect characterization?
Let Loose! –
Answer each question. Be as specific a possible.
The Speaking Box –
Write down the name of a character from the
reading. Find an instance of each type of characterization for
that character. Write or reference what you found in the box.
The Big Cheese –
Describe the main character in
your story by answering
the questions below.
Look at all the things you need to take into consideration when putting this thing together.
Inside and Out –
What’s going on inside your character's head?
What motivates your character? What does your
character love? Hate? Fear? What does your character want to do and why?
The Outside –
Draw a picture of your
character. Think about body
type, hair, eyes, height,
weight, coloring, gestures,
distinguishing features, scars,
Two Traits –
Choose a character from the story. List two of that person’s character traits. Then,
on the lines below, explain how you know the person has each trait.
Characters interact with settings. Where there is interaction, there
is the potential for conflict, and where there is conflict, there are
character descriptions and character-building opportunities.
Part 2: The Value –
What does this setting most value in its citizens, and what is the main
character’s relationship to that value?
Choose a main character from the story. Write the character's
name in the center of the page. Then find one instance of each method of
characterization in the story.
Part 2 –
Does your character live by any philosophies? What are they?
There are four ways that authors develop character.
What's In a Face! –
Physical appearance is an important part of character description.
How a character looks can reveal certain character traits.
Filled with words that you can use in your own work.
Character Traits –
Choose one of the main characters from the story.
Identify the character's external and internal traits. Support each
trait with text evidence.
Developing Character –
Have you taken advantage of all the different ways that you can develop a
character in your story?