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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--literary elements. The student recognizes and analyzes literary elements within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse literary texts.

Ask students to complete a multiple-choice assessment.

  • What adjective could be used to describe the main character?—list four adjectives and allow students to choose the one that fits best
  • What does __________ (character) do to show she is ___________ (adjective)? Leave this as an open-ended question or give four options.
  • The character said, __________________. What in this sentence shows that the character is ______________ (adjective)? Give four options.
  • Give a description about the character, and then ask students to choose an adjective that shows the character traits. Give four options.
  • Give a description of the external traits of a character and ask students to circle the name of the character being described.
  • Name three words to physically describe _________ (character). 
Character traits are valued aspects of a person's behavior or a description of the character's appearance. Character traits are often labeled with descriptive adjectives. Internal traits are the qualities or behaviors of a character (e.g., ambitious, bossy, jealous, lazy, smart, outgoing). External traits are traits that you can see. They are traits that describe what the character looks like (e.g., tall, big, freckled).

Related 2009 Student Expectation

This student expectation is related to the following SE from the 2009 reading/language arts TEKS.

(9)  Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Fiction. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to: 
(B)  describe main characters in works of fiction, including their traits, motivations, and feelings.