Character Building Writing Activities

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

One of the ways you can impact the character development of your students is through writing activities. The following writing activities provide thought-provoking tasks that build character.

Character Building

The cross-curricular connection between writing and character building can encourage philosophical reflection about what it means to have strong values and be a good citizen. The writing assignments included in this asset encourage students at various grade levels to work with their peers as they analyze positive character traits.

Character Traits Mad Libs

Students will learn about character traits as they participate in Mad Libs and create their own.

Grade level: 3rd - 6th

Materials:

  • 2 sample Mad Libs
  • chart paper

Procedure:

  • Brainstorm a list of character traits on chart paper.
  • Divide students into pairs.
  • Provide students with sample Mad Libs in which the missing words are positive or negative character traits.
  • Have pairs take turns having one partner provide the character traits while the other student writes in their answers.
  • Have pairs read their finished product.
  • Have pairs work together to create their own Mad Lib template.
  • Have each pair join another pair to fill in the blanks.

Integrity Concept Map

Students will analyze what it means to have integrity by creating a concept map that guides the writing of a short story.

Grade level: 3rd - 8th Grade

Procedure:

  • Have students create a concept map with the word 'Integrity' in the center.
  • Have students extend stems that include the things that people with integrity think, say, and do.
  • Have students use the information on their concept map to develop a character for a short story that either has integrity or learns integrity.
  • Have students share their stories in small groups.

Work Ethic Play

Students will work together as playwrights to develop a story about work ethic.

Grade level: 6th - 12th

Materials:

  • sample play script

Procedure:

  • Divide students into small groups.
  • Have students examine the format of a play.
  • Have students work in their groups to brainstorm behaviors of a character with a good work ethic and one with a poor work ethic.
  • Have students create a shared writing of a script for a one-scene play that addresses work ethic.
  • Have students perform their play or recruit theatre students to perform it.

Character Building Blog

Students will contribute to a class blog about character.

Grade level: 6th - 12th

Materials:

  • computer/internet

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