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Character Trading Cards

I found a really neat activity while I was searching for something for my after school study group on Wednesday.  ReadWriteThink had just what I was looking for!

The 7th graders I am working with during this time are reading A Christmas Carol.  Using the Trading Card Creator, students will be in the computer lab making character cards for each of the characters from the book.

The fictional character option covers appearance, appearance, thoughts, feelings, problem, goal, outcome, quotes, action, interaction, and personal connection.

Students can also include an image and save their card as a PDF to be cut, folded, and taped together.

This is going to be a great activity for my Resource Room when we read Stargirl.  For my class, we will probably create these together on the SMARTBoard as part of our reading discussion and then I will have a set made for every student.

There are also options for other topics as well: real person, fictional place, real place, physical object, event, abstract concept, create your own.

I think for this Wednesday I will do use the random word chooser to  assign characters to students.

Or…maybe I’ll put them in groups of 4 and have each group member choose a main character.

Or…maybe I’ll let them work with partners to create one card.

I don’t have the details hashed out yet, but I guess I’ll figure it out by Wednesday.

What would you do? Suggestions are welcome!

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2 responses

  1. Great ideas! Thank you!

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