Lesson Plan Title : Character Shirts

Age Range: Grade 6 through Grade 8 (Middle School Level)

Overview and Purpose : "Who am I?" A person is more than just their name. What personality traits make a character? This lesson will help students draw as much information as they can from the characters in a story.

Objective: The student will be able to identify specific character traits when reading a story.


Large pieces of paper


Worksheet with t-shirt outlines on it - one for each main character in the story


Cut large shirts out of paper and hang them on the wall. Put the name of each character on a shirt. Pass out the worksheets with the t-shirt outlines on them. Have the students label the t-shirts with the names of the main characters. As the students read the story have them list a character's traits on the t-shirt.

When you come together as a class to discuss the story, list on the big t-shirts all the traits the students are able to name. If there appear to be conflicting traits, have the students back up their choices with selections from the text.


You can introduce this lesson by asking students to think of at least 10 personality traits that make up who they are. Have them create a paper t-shirt that lists those traits and ask them to share the t-shirts with the class.