Character Traits Project

Posted by Andrea Barnes - 1 Month and 8 Days Ago

Wrapping up the year with a three-part series on projects you can do with your students: 




This first activity, Character Traits, has been completed by my students for over 28 years! I have no recollection of where this amazing, creative, character trait assignment came from, but it has been enjoyed by all of my many students. Thank you to the educator who shared this wonderful activity with me!


Piece of paper, pen or pencil, and a creative mind


First, display the following Traits Word Bank:

Brave, shy, excited, trustworthy, suspicious, strong, healthy, active, stingy, curious, hyper, intelligent, wealthy, belligerent, sneaky, careful, responsible, clever, helpful, cowardly, creative, careless, fearless, hostile, hopeless, disgusting, accomplished, vicious, mature, observant, courteous, loyal, stubborn, funny, heroic, frustrated, playful, foolish, discouraged, grumpy, sarcastic, sinister, generous, impulsive, helpless, hopeful, goofy, paranoid, concerned, joyful, well-meaning, rude, considerate, dumfounded, rebellious, childish, laid-back, thoughtful, caring, cruel, brutal, scared, picky, loving, repulsive, irresponsible, conceited, arrogant, self-centered, moronic, self-conscious, demanding, overpowering, dedicated, annoying, demented, destitute, invisible, vile, brainless, jubilant, serene, devious, ambitious, enthusiastic, regretful, anxious, bitter, abrasive, compassionate, competitive, deceitful, diligent, disobedient, feisty, pessimistic, optimistic, flabbergasted, glum, honorable, inconsiderate, jovial, listless, meticulous, overwhelmed, regretful, impatient, resourceful, sensible, skeptical, supportive, tenacious, uncertain, uncooperative, inquisitive, uncaring


  1.  First, have students fold the paper in three-quarters.
  2.  Next, students will brainstorm 10 words from the Word Bank (above) that pertains to them.
  3.  Students share their 10 character traits with each other and share how the words pertain to them.
  4.  Next, students narrow their list down to five words and descriptions.
  5.  Then, students write their five words and descriptions in the center of the paper.
  6.  On the outside of the paper, students write their name and draw a self-portrait. 
  7.  After these steps are completed, a student repeats the activity on the other side of the paper, but this time around, it's about another person (either a classmate, a friend, or family member).  
  8.  If a student doesn’t complete the assignment in Whole-Group or Small-Group, it can be completed at home.
  9.  The students share their Character Traits projects in Whole-Group and Small-Group the following day.

This assignment can be done at any time during the year. All of our students are reading, trying to get involved in books, and attempting to identify with the characters in books and selections. Once students can identify their own personal character traits, and a friend or family member’s traits, they can start seeing the traits in characters they read about.

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Andrea Barnes

Stage C READ 180 Educator | HOUSTON, TX