Character Traits Lesson Plan
Strega Nona is a great book to use with a lesson plan that reviews character traits.
Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola
- Chart paper
- Character trait report card, one per child
Before the Lesson
On a large piece of chart paper, draw a report chart for Strega Nona that resembles the Big Anthony report card worksheet. For the character traits, write wisdom and patience and leave the last one blank.
After reading the book Strega Nona, review the difference between character traits and character feelings. This lesson plan is more appropriate for students who have worked with finding character traits or character maps on previous occasions.
Show the students the report card and tell them that you are going to be completing a report card for Strega Nona based on some character traits. Decide what kind of grades you will use. It's best to use whatever grades your students are most familiar with. Explain that you can't just make up a grade. You have to be able to prove it with things from the book.
Look at the first trait, wisdom. Ask the students if they know what it means to be wise. Talk about what it means and give a few examples of it. Then ask them if they think Strega Nona is wise or not and discuss what grade they think she should get for wisdom. Add the grade to the small box next to the trait. Then talk about what proof they find in the book to back up their grade. Write the proof in the last column in the wisdom row.
Next, fill out the report card for patience, following the same procedure. Last, have the students think of another character trait for Strega Nona and add it to the report card with the grade and the proof from the book.
Now give each student a copy of Big Anthony's report card to complete. You may want to have them do this with a partner, depending on your students and how much they have worked with character traits. Go over the report card and discuss what the character traits mean, before having them complete it. Then tell them that they get to choose the last trait.
Look at the report cards they completed. Did they use the text to back up their grades? Was the trait they filled in on their own a character trait or a feeling?
The character trait report card can be easily changed for characters in other books.