Website of the Week: Character Scrapbook (Gr. 3-8)

Character Scrapbook – Analyze characters from any book

Provided by the website Scholastic.com, Character Scrapbook is an online tool for students to document information they have on a character from a book that they are currently engaged in reading. First, students provide the book title and the name of the character they wish to profile. On the next page of the scrapbook students use the interactive tools to construct a visual portrait of their character, assigning features such as hair, eyes, nose, mouth, and clothes as well as modify the skin tone. Once the portrait is complete, the scrapbook has six pages within which students can provide additional biographical information on their character:

  • ten things I know about the character,
  • ten words that describe the character,
  • ten details about his/her appearance,
  • ten facts about his/her personality,
  • ten challenges he/she faced,
  • ten accomplishments he/she achieved.

Students can type right into the book and can flip through the pages as they work, deciding under which page a particular fact or observation would best be listed. When complete, the scrapbook pages can be printed like a screenshot.

INTEGRATE

  • Unfortunately, the scrapbook is not designed to be printed as an actual book, but is still a great artifact to include in a portfolio.
  • Some characteristics may fit comfortably on more than one page. As a result I found it challenging at times to come up with ten entries for each page, forcing me to think deeper about my character and flush out additional and more specific descriptive words.
  • Each page does not require all ten entries to be filled. Also note that each entry is programmed to allow for up to two lines of text comfortably.

character profile sample

 

Thanks goes to FreeTech4Teachers.com for sharing this find.

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