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In this video, you will add evidence from your book to the table to support the character traits you listed.

When you analyze characters, think about the story details that help you determine their traits.

Authors add both literal and inferential details to show readers what the characters are like.

For example, an author might state that a character is enthusiastic.

Or, the author might infer it without stating it, through the character’s actions, feelings, or manner of speaking. Finding these details in the text helps provide evidence for character traits.

To begin, label the third column in your table.

Then, look through your book to find examples of textual evidence that support the traits you have added.

Identify specific excerpts from the book, such as character dialogue or the author’s description of characters or events.

Or, use your own words to describe the story details that support the character traits.

Adjust the width of the columns to add more space for your evidence.

To organize the evidence and the traits, add bullet points to both columns.

Continue adding evidence for each character trait. If you use a quote from the book, place quotation marks around it and list the appropriate page number at the end. This shows that you are giving credit to the author. It also helps anyone you share your document with to find the quote in the book if they need to.

Now, it’s your turn: Add a heading to the third column, Add evidence for each trait, Adjust the width of the columns. And add bullet points to the second and third columns.


  1. Add a heading to the third column.
  2. Add evidence for each trait.
  3. Adjust the width of the columns.
  4. Add bullet points to the second and third columns.