Unit Title: Who Are You?

Topic: Understanding Character Traits
Grade Level:
3rd Grade
Language Arts
Students will evaluate the actions and thoughts of themselves, others, and characters in various literary selections in order to identify character traits.
Curriculum Framing Questions:
Essential: How can we become better readers?
Unit: How can we determine a character's traits? Why do we have different reading preferences? How does a character's traits reflect the outcome of a story? What character traits describe you and the people in your life? What character traits would you like to have?
Content: What are character traits? How do authors reveal character traits? What are positive character traits? What are negative traits?

Project Idea: Students will study character traits through literature study.
  • Real World Connection(s): Evaluating human actions and qualities
  • Student Role(s): Evaluator and analyzer

Unit Plan or download the document:
Role Play Rubric or download the document:
Google Doc: Character Trait Museum Checklistor download the document:

Visual Ranking Project:

  • Idea/Overview: After reading a Charlotte's Web, the teacher will generate a list of character traits shown by a particular character. Students will rank those traits by the ones that represent the character the best, with the most representative trait at the top.
  • How will the use of the tool fit into your Unit Plan and help your students meet the learning objectives and target higher-order thinking skills? Evaluating character traits, compare/contract traits, understanding impact of how characters change story events.
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Seeing Reason Project:
Ruby Bridges' Success
  • Idea/Overview: How do the different character traits of characters in "The Story of Ruby Bridges" impact Ruby's success.
  • How will the tool fit into our Unit Plan and help your students meet the learning objectives and target higher-order thinking skills? This activity will help students understand the story's characters and delve into the impact they make on each other.
  • Does your unit involve a complex system or issue that warrants delving into identifying and analyzing cause-and-effect relationships? People are complex and their actions always have an impact and consequences.
  • Concerns you might have about using this tool: Age appropriateness for 3rd grade and concern that some of the terms (increase/decrease) would have to be taught beforehand.
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