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Lesson Plan: Characters- Paperbag Princess

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To identify different characters traits in a story

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3- Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events




  • Who is your favorite character in a book and why?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • All books that we read have different characters in them.  We like certain characters and don’t like others because of their character traits.
  • A character trait is a word that describes a character’s personality or things that make them who they are.
  • Everyone has character traits- you, me and characters in books and movies.  You can figure out character traits by paying attention to what a character says or does.
  • For example, if there is a character that is always taking care of animals, what character traits do you think they would have?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • Some of their character traits would probably be caring, kind, gentle and thoughtful.
  • Another example is a character that is always frowning and telling other characters what to do.  What character traits do you think this character would have?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • This character’s traits might be mean, unfriendly and bossy.
  • Sometimes a character’s traits are really easy to figure out and sometimes they are harder to figure out.  Make sure to think about everything that a character does when figuring out their character traits.
  • You are now going to read The Paperbag Princess.  While you are reading, I want you to think about the characters and their traits.
  • After you have finished reading, there are questions for you to answer.  Write the answers to the questions that are below the story.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



Who would like to share their answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers and where they came from.)


Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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