*Character sketch guidelines

Character Sketch r12/20

A character sketch is a piece of writing that focuses completely on creating an original character. This piece of writing does not have a complicated plot. There should be one simple plot event in the character sketch that helps the reader learn about the character.  Incorporate the methods of characterization outlined in unit 2 (review the reader’s workshop pages).  


*Steps for completing the character sketch:

1. Choose an emotion or mood for the piece. The mood of the piece should allow the reader to gain some understanding of the character, his/her personality, or the way he/she interacts with other characters. 

2. Choose a situation that your character will be in during your piece (even an everyday task like getting the mail, going to the grocery store, or watching TV). The character sketch should not focus on the action or event. The only plot details that should be included in the story should allow the reader to learn about the character (both physical appearance and personality).

3. Make sure you focus on developing your character by including the methods of characterization outlined in unit 2 in the anthology.   Include specific details on your plan sheet.

-Appearance/body language


-How she/he reacts to others

-How others react to her/him

- Beliefs/thoughts


*The plan sheet is due on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

4.  Create a rough draft in Google Classroom.   It should be 1 1/2 pages minimum and 2 pages maximum (double spaced). Remember to stay focused on the character rather than on events.   YOU WILL NEED TO PRINT YOUR DRAFT.

*The rough draft is due on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.

5. Peer conference your paper.  Include feedback from the conference when you make your revisions.   Make revisions by hand directly on your printed rough draft.   Your paper will not be accepted without significant revisions made directly on your rough draft. 

6.  Once you’ve revised & edited your paper, put together a final draft.  Enter your revisions & edits into the computer.  You do not need to print your final draft.

 *The final draft is due on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021.