How to Implement the Character Charts Teaching Strategy in Your Classroom
The character charts method involves using graphic organizers to help learners organize information about characters in a story. Completed character charts are useful tools for studying for exams. They’re often used to record information about literary characters.
- Decide the Learning Outcome of Character Charts: There are many reasons to have learners utilize character charts. Here are some:
- To help learners more deeply understand characters in a story or novel.
- To help learners master the skill of looking for content evidence.
- To ensure accountability.
- To help learners prepare for an essay or project.
- As a tool to measure learners’ comprehension of the content.
- Prepare the Chart: Which characters would you like learners to focus on? What information would you want learners to track? Must learners track multiple characters or follow one character?
- Structure of the Character Chart Activity: Learners can work on character charts individually or in small groups. Often, instructors, have learners share information on character charts using the Jigsaw teaching method. Sometimes, learners complete charts as a whole-class activity. Maybe you can organize this activity as a gallery walk, where a sheet for each character is posted on the wall, and learners walk around the room filling in information on the various charts.