Get emails about new stuff.
Be the first to know.

Get emails about new stuff.
Don't worry. I hate spam too.

Characterization Worksheets

Well-developed characters are like people: they have traits, opinions, and motivations. Characterizations are the methods by which story tellers reveal the traits of characters. These free characterization worksheets, resources, and activities should help students better understand characterizations.

Characterization Worksheet 1 – Students read ten short examples of character interactions. They identify an indirect character trait in each and explain their answers by referencing the text. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3rd-7th.
Characterization Worksheet 1 | RTF
Characterization Worksheet 1 | PDF
Characterization Worksheet 1 | Preview
Characterization Worksheet 1 | Answers
Characterization Worksheet 1 | Ereading Worksheet

Characterization Worksheet 2 – This worksheet has ten more characterization problems. Students read the passages, identify the implied character trait, and explain their answers using text. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5th-9th.
Characterization Worksheet 2 | RTF
Characterization Worksheet 2 | PDF
Characterization Worksheet 2 | Preview
Characterization Worksheet 2 | Answers
Characterization Worksheet 2 | Ereading Worksheet

Characterization Worksheet 3 – Here’s another characterization worksheet to really bring this concept home. This one has got another ten more problems where students must identify characters’ traits based on their actions. This will make for great homework or class work. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4th-8th.
Characterization Worksheet 3 | RTF
Characterization Worksheet 3 | PDF
Characterization Worksheet 3 | Preview
Characterization Worksheet 3 | Answers
Characterization Worksheet 3 | Ereading Worksheet

Characterization Worksheet 4 – This worksheet has even more characterization problems: ten new short paragraphs with questions. Students are asked to refer to the text to explain their answers. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3rd-7th.
Characterization Worksheet 4 | RTF
Characterization Worksheet 4 | PDF
Characterization Worksheet 4 | Preview
Characterization Worksheet 4 | Answers
Characterization Worksheet 4 | Ereading Worksheet

Character Traits Project – Students define character trait words and then think of actions that would implicitly show each character trait. This project is a great way to expand students’ character trait vocabulary. This list of character traits accompanies this project.
Character Traits Project RTF
Character Traits Project PDF

Preview Character Traits Project in Your Browser

Illustrating Implicit Characterizations – Students identify an implicit characterization from a story you are reading and illustrate the characterizing behavior.
Illustrating Implicit Characterizations RTF
Illustrating Implicit Characterizations PDF
Preview Illustrating Implicit Characterizations in Your Web Browser

Illustrate Character Traits Group Project – Students take one of four roles and look up challenging character trait words.  They then illustrate examples of the term.
Illustrate Character Traits Group Project RTF

Illustrate Character Traits Group Project PDF

Preview Illustrate Character Traits Group Project in Your Web Browser

Indirect Characterizations Activity – Students define challenging character trait words, then write actions that would demonstrate each character trait.
Indirect Characterizations Activity RTF
Indirect Characterizations Activity PDF
Preview Indirect Characterizations Activity in Your Web Browser

Characterization Lesson – Slide show presentation explaining direct and indirect characterizations.  Includes a five question review assignment after the lesson.
Characterization Lesson PowerPoint

Common Core State Standards Related to Characterizations

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 – Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

Expand to View All Common Core State Standards Related to Characterizations

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3 – With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3 – Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3 – Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7 – Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3 – Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3 – Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3 – Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3 – Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3 – Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3 – Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3 – Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.3 – Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

View Source
Common Core Lesson and Unit Plans
Understanding Common Core State Standards


Looking For Something Else?
Character Traits List
Characterization Unit Plans
Story Structure Worksheets
Text Structure Worksheets
All Reading Worksheets

Still looking for something? Search here.

Leave a comment


  1. Peter the Great.

     /  January 9, 2019

    Thank you very much for your time and effort in doing these works. They are great to make students produce the language. Sometimes I have run out of ideas on how to persuade my students but with this exercises I can push them again. God bless you.

  2. Peter A.

     /  October 21, 2018

    This is a fabulous and very useful resource! Thank you!

  3. Y J Perera

     /  June 29, 2018

    A wonderful resource – perfect for honing English skills.

    Many thanks !

  4. Myat

     /  February 21, 2017

    What a wonderful site with numerous resources!

  5. Mary Klinger

     /  January 8, 2017

    Thank you. The short vignettes are just what I needed for character studies.

  6. Melanie

     /  December 13, 2016

    I love your work! Thank you for sharing. I have a question on characterization. Other sites I look at describe how indirect characterization can come from what effect the character has on others, what the character thinks, what the character says, and what the character looks like. Why do you only concentrate on how the character acts?

  7. Adam

     /  November 2, 2016

    I love this website. Thanks for all the great material; this stuff is perfect for all the extra practice parents ask for before a test.

    Is there anywhere I can donate?

  8. Nuriye

     /  June 21, 2016

    Hi Mr Morton,
    I’ld like to thank you for sharing your wonderful resources.

    Your Resources are invaluable and incomparable to what is available at retail stores, everything has been planned for explicit teaching of the much needed skills and strategies for reading effectively.

    Please send details on where to make donations.

    Thank you once again,

    Kind Regards


    • That’s really nice of you to say. The site is supported by advertising. The company, Ereading Worksheets Inc., is a for profit entity. Any donations are not tax refundable, but if you really want to buy me a cup of coffee or something (beer), you can PayPal me at

      Best wishes, and thanks again for using the site.

  9. Peggy

     /  April 5, 2016

    I was so lucky to come across this. You saved me the time energy of coming up with something myself, and it wouldn’t have been as good. THANKS!

  10. kala

     /  March 11, 2016

    Your worksheets are really great help for moms.

  11. Venus

     /  March 7, 2016

    Thank you very much for sharing and your effort, Mr. Morton. 🙂

  12. esther

     /  January 10, 2016

    A big thank you for all your reading worksheets. They are a great resource!

  13. Yvonne

     /  January 7, 2016

    Love this. Thanks

  14. cierrascott

     /  December 7, 2015

    helped with a lot of work thanks

  15. Nyny

     /  November 18, 2015

    This will help me a lot

  16. Christine

     /  November 9, 2015

    Thank you! I have found some very helpful activities and worksheets to teach a variety of topics when it comes to reading. I really appreciate you sharing these documents!

  17. Kasie

     /  October 18, 2015

    Thank you SO much for these. I have been using them in my beginning 7/8 grade Theatre class. Trying to develop deep thoughts and ideas about characterization has not only helped them in their acting and understanding of what it takes to become a ‘role,’ but these worksheets have also helped them in their other classes with writing, creativity, and imagination. Thanks again!

  18. Linea

     /  October 1, 2015

    These pages are fantastic; they are well written, modern, and the questions are thorough. I also appreciate the different grade levels you cover. Thank you so much!

  19. Ali

     /  September 21, 2015

    can I became the answers?

  20. dodo daffodils

     /  September 19, 2015

    Really i appreciate your effort.There are so many brilliant exercises that help me as a teacher and very effective with the students.Thanks a million

  21. Luis

     /  September 3, 2015

    Thank you for this wonderful website. It is very helpful. My 6th grade ESL students from Puerto Rico like to do the worksheets.

  22. marilyn carter

     /  August 6, 2015

    This is just an excellent resource!!! I am a private tutor and this is very helpful! Thank you.

  23. kim

     /  March 5, 2015

    this was very helpful in my class as we were going over elements of a story

  24. Julius Lim

     /  January 20, 2015

    Greetings from Singapore! This series of worksheets is so helpful! Thank you!

  25. Gwenna Neal

     /  January 13, 2015

    Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!! What a great support for CC characterization!! You ROCK, Mr. Morton!

  26. Mrs. La-La

     /  January 12, 2015

    This is the best resource out there for language arts teachers! I love love LOVE that you give us multiple level worksheets to help differentiate. Additionally, love that there are keys so we don’t have to ‘do’ every worksheet ourselves to make a key. You have given me back tons of time in my life and for that, I am eternally grateful!

  27. Jeanette Alfred

     /  November 17, 2014

    These worksheets are beyond awesome! Even my students like doing them. I have shared them with other English teachers at our school and they love them as well. I keep coming back to them to help my students understand concepts we are covering in class. I even find them helpful to review things I haven’t taught in a while. And to top it off, they are free! Thank you for your hard work!!!

  28. jessica

     /  October 16, 2014

    This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! it’s amazing! thanks:)

  29. Carol

     /  September 5, 2013

    I have been looking for a website like this for our son for a very long time.Thank you,your excellent

  30. Brianne

     /  March 6, 2013

    This site is phenomenal. I teach 6th grade and it gives a variety of activities, worksheets, powerpoints, pre and post assessments for differentiation in my room. I love it!!

  31. A great site that I use for my middle school LAL students.

  32. Excellent site!!

  33. Sylvia

     /  May 2, 2012

    Very helpful. Thanks!

  34. Anya

     /  March 30, 2012

    WOW! I can’t thank you enough!! These are GREAT!


Leave a Reply to Mr. Morton Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By Using This Website You Agree to the Terms of Use and are aware of our privacy policy.