LEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate

OBJECTIVES: The students should be able to:

1. illustrate characters found in the selection
2. write information about each character

MATERIALS: Pieces of white cartolina (to be cut into 4 equal pieces), ruler, pencils, crayons, colored markers, a story with several characters (at least 4), prepared blank character poster on chart paper so everyone can see

TIME FRAME: Around 50 minutes to one hour depending on the learners’ pace


1.) Find a good motivation that will spark the interest of the students. It can be a question, a picture, a game, or an activity that will prepare the students for the story. For example, for the story “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp,” show pictures of different kinds of houses and ask elementary-level students to give statements about the pictures. Then, show them a picture of an old-fashioned lamp. Ask them if the lamp can become someone’s house. Tell them that they will find it out in the story. For intermediate-level students, ask them to give one wish each and discuss which of the wishes can be considered good wishes and why?

2.) Read the story aloud with expression.

3.) Discuss the story with the students. Ask them to name all the characters in the story. Distinguish the major from the minor characters.

4.) Show a prepared blank character poster on chart paper. Choose a character they know and discuss this character to complete the poster. The character can be taken from a movie or a story. Let the class give the exact or approximate information about the character being discussed.

5.) Pair off elementary-level students. Intermediate-level students can do this activity individually.

6.) Distribute the pieces of white cartolina to the students. The characters of the stories should be given to each pair or individual by drawing lots so better be prepared with the names of the characters on small pieces of paper.

7.) The students should write the information underneath the illustration of their assigned characters (see picture above). Explain very well how this should be done. Intermediate-level students should use complete sentences. Elementary-level students can use a combination of complete and incomplete sentences depending on their capabilities.

Eye color:
Hair color:
Other identifying marks or features:

8.) Partners should help each other with the illustration and information. Allow them to give exact or approximate answers by inferring some of the information. Encourage them to use their imagination but they must have a basis for their imagination. Move around to help each pair or individual. Give them a time limit.

9.) Ask the students to form groups that will include all the characters in the story. This means that there will be more than one group having all the characters in the story. Pairs/Individuals will show their character posters to members of their group. Group sharing will be done simultaneously. Move around to listen and to help each group.