The Last Dragon Character Sketch

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Essential Question:

How do I thoroughly describe a character in a character sketch? 


The students will be able to demonstrate the proper process for writing a character sketch. 

Teacher Preparation:

• Make a copy of the following worksheet for each student

o http://www.teachervision.fen.com/tv/printables/tv00004S1.pdf

o http://www.teachervision.fen.com/tv/printables/goodyear/TimetoWrite_CharacterSketch.pdf

• If possible, have a copy of The Last Dragon for each student

• The teacher should have read The Last Dragon in its entirety before administering this lesson

• Have a outline template made up for the character sketch activity for the learners that need differentiated instruction 

Teaching Procedures:


• Recap The Last Dragon

• Discuss the instructions of the character sketch activity

• Divide the students into groups of two by academic skill level

• Provide the example of the character sketch to the students

• Inform the students that the “who am I “ worksheet may help them answer the questions in their character sketch

Teaching Strategies:

• Using a graphic organizer for the character sketch

• Using the “who am I” worksheet as a resource

• Having the students work in pairs

Differentiated Instruction:

• Pairing the students with someone with the same skill level or a different skill level depending on their needs

• Providing the student with an outline template


• After informing the students of the instructions and recapping The Last Dragon

• The students should be in their group with their partner

• The teacher is to circulate the classroom, offering feedback, asking questions and encouraging students throughout the character sketch process

• Take up the sketches when the students are finished with their rough drafts

• Review the rough drafts and make comments and suggestions

• Have the students complete their final drafts the next day in class


• Ask the students if there are any questions

• Have the students fill out a feedback form asking them what they thought about the activity


• Teacher is to review the rough drafts and the final drafts for the character sketch requirements and grade accordingly




Georgia Performance Standards:

ELA7RC1 The student reads a minimum of 25 grade-level appropriate books or
book equivalents (approximately 1,000,000 words) per year from a variety of
subject disciplines. The student reads both informational and fictional texts in a
variety of genres and modes of discourse, including technical texts related to various
subject areas.
ELA7R1 The student demonstrates comprehension and shows evidence of a
warranted and responsible explanation of a variety of literary and informational
b. Interprets a character’s traits, emotions, or motivations and gives supporting
evidence from a text.


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