Novel Study – Character Map Worksheet

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3 worksheets to assist with analysing characters in a class novel.

Use this resource in the classroom when helping students study characters in a class novel.

This worksheet provides students with the opportunity to analyse the characteristics and motives of the protagonist and antagonist in a novel, as well as one supporting character.

Students will have the opportunity to comment on the following features of each character:

  • physical features
  • personality traits
  • interactions between the protagonist and antagonist
  • the motivations of the antagonist
  • resolutions the protagonist has been involved in
  • ways the supporting character has progressed the storyline.

Read more about this exciting resource in the blog Fun with Literature: Novel Study Activities for Any Story.


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Australian Curriculum alignment

English > Year 4 > Literature > Responding to literature > ACELT1603
Discuss literary experiences with others, sharing responses and expressing a point of viewElaborationssharing and discussing students’ own and others’ understanding of the effects of particu...

English > Year 4 > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1605
Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers’ interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tensionElaborat...

English > Year 4 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1690
Identify characteristic features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the textElaborationsdescribing the language which authors use to create imaginary worlds; ...

English > Year 5 > Literature > Literature and context > ACELT1608
Identify aspects of literary texts that convey details or information about particular social, cultural and historical contextsElaborationsdescribing how aspects of literature, for example visuals, sy...

English > Year 5 > Literature > Responding to literature > ACELT1609
Present a point of view about particular literary texts using appropriate metalanguage, and reflecting on the viewpoints of othersElaborationsposing and discussing questions, such as ‘Should this...

English > Year 5 > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1610
Recognise that ideas in literary texts can be conveyed from different viewpoints, which can lead to different kinds of interpretations and responsesElaborationsidentifying the narrative voice (the per...

English > Year 5 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1701
Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the textElaborationsexplaining how the features o...

English > Year 6 > Literature > Literature and context > ACELT1613
Make connections between students’ own experiences and those of characters and events represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contextsElaborationsrecognising the...

English > Year 6 > Literature > Responding to literature > ACELT1614
Analyse and evaluate similarities and differences in texts on similar topics, themes or plotsElaborationsexploring texts on a similar topic by authors with very different styles, for example comparing...

English > Year 4 > Literature > Responding to literature > ACELT1604
Use metalanguage to describe the effects of ideas, text structures and language features of literary textsElaborationsexamining the author’s description of a character’s appearance, behaviou...

English > Year 4 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1691
Read different types of texts by combining contextual , semantic, grammatical and phonic knowledge using text processing strategies for example monitoring meaning, cross checking and reviewingElabora...

English > Year 5 > Literature > Responding to literature > ACELT1795
Use metalanguage to describe the effects of ideas, text structures and language features on particular audiencesElaborationsorally, in writing or using digital media, giving a considered interpretatio...

English > Year 6 > Literature > Responding to literature > ACELT1615
Identify and explain how choices in language, for example modality, emphasis, repetition and metaphor, influence personal response to different textsElaborationsnoting how degrees of possibility are o...

English > Year 4 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1692
Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning to expand content knowledge, integrating and linking ideas and analysing and evaluating textsElaborationsmaking connections between ...

English > Year 6 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1801
Analyse strategies authors use to influence readersElaborationsidentify how authors use language to position the reader and give reasons (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)(View this to...


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