Character Descriptive Chart
Students will undoubtedly be drawn to Grandma Dowdel. However, many students relate to the brother and sister duo from Chicago, Mary Alice and Joey. There, of course, are the locals: Effie Wilcox, Mr. Cowgill, Sheriff Dickerson, Vandalia Eubanks, or Junior Stubbs to choose as well.
Once students have chosen a character, they need to make a chart with four columns. Then, they need to come up with four words or phrases that describe the character. Then, students need to find examples of these descriptive words in the novel.
For example, Grandma Dowdel is manipulative, a rule breaker, pushy and funny. Each of these descriptions should be put at the top of each column, and the students should draw a horizontal line below the descriptive words. Next, they need to describe events that show this description. For example, Grandma Dowdel breaks the law when she runs illegal fish traps. This detail should be put in the column under "rule breaker."
The charts should be neat. Pictures of the characters can be drawn to add decoration.