Example and Rubric
From this point you determine what you want each line to describe. This is an example of one way I use this activity in my classes:
The important thing about “x" is “xyz."
1 line that describes a physical feature
3 lines that describe events in the book which are important to the character
2 lines that describe the character’s personality
1 line that describes something that makes the character either happy or sad
1 line that uses a simile to describe the character
The last line repeats the first line, “but the important thing about ‘x" is “xyz."
This is just one example of this assignment.It varies according to my classes and what we have been studying. For example, if we have been learning about metaphors, I might substitute metaphor for simile. Depending on the skill level of my students and if I am using this as a group activity, I might require more or less information in the assignment. (For example, I might require five lines that describe events rather than three, or I might require two similes instead of one.) You decide what you expect from your students.
To make this assignment meaningful, students must use evidence from the text to support their work.It is not enough to say “Harry is kind," to describe his personality, they must say how they know Harry is kind. For example, they could say, “Harry’s kindness is demonstrated when he befriends Luna, even though her eccentricities make her a difficult person to get to know."
The rubric I use: (The numbers in parentheses are the most a student can earn for that particular component, take away points as you see fit.)
Accurate Character Description (25)
Evidence from Text (20)
Sophisticated Language (20)
Use of Simile (5)
I highly recommend modeling this activity for your students. The quality of work will be much better if students have read an analysis that you have written and seen the thought process behind your work.
Make sure your students know that after your read their profile, you should have an excellent understanding of the character they analyzed.