We see many characters through Anne’s eyes, and while her descriptions are sometimes biased, Anne shows a surprising amount of insight. Anne takes great care to give “Kitty” lots of information, and she reflects on earlier entries when she may have been overcome with emotion. The members of the Secret Annexe, as well as those helping them, are are a huge part of the story. There are many conflicts that arise (and stick around) because of the confinement, which contributes to how each character develops over the two years.
In this activity, students will depict the characters of the story, paying close attention to the physical and character traits of both major and minor characters. Students provide detailed information regarding the characters’ actions and how they influence other characters. In addition, students can identify how the main character changes over time.
Have students create the characters and fill in the information from a template, or you can make the characters on a blank map and print it out for students to complete. Alternatively, assign different characters to different students or groups to go into greater detail. Students or groups can present their information to the rest of the class.
Additional characters could include:
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Character MapCommon Core Standards
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Create a character map for the major characters.
(Modify this basic rubric by clicking the link below. You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
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| Emerging |
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Character Picture & Scene
The characters and scenes are all appropriate for the book's characters. They reflect strong understanding of the book's most important characters.
Most of the characters and scenes are appropriate for the book's characters. They reflect emerging understanding of the book's most important characters.
Many of the characters and scenes do not match the characters in the book. The project reflects a lack of understanding of the major characters.
Accuracy of Notes
Most of the information of the notes is correct.
Many of the notes have correct information, but some are incorrect or missing.
Much of the information of the notes is incomplete and/or incorrect and irrelevant.
Effort and Editing
Work is complete, thorough, and neat. Spelling and grammar are correct.
Most of the sections of the character map were at least attempted and work is presentable. The text contains some errors in spelling and/or grammar.
Character map is unfinished and/or disorganized. The text contains many errors in spelling and/or grammar.
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