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In this video, you will identify the main traits of the characters in your story and list them in your table. Character traits are what makes up someone’s personality, like having a lot of patience, a good sense of humor, or a short temper.

When you get to know a person, you learn more about their traits. And, when you read a book, you learn about the characters by understanding their character traits.

External traits, such as certain physical characteristics, may be important to a character, but this lesson focuses on internal traits that tell about their personality or typical emotional state. To begin, label the second column in your table “Traits.”

Then, identify the traits that make up the personalities of the characters in your book. To determine traits, think about what each character says, thinks, and feels, and how they treat others and the world around them.

Add the traits to your table. Successful authors create complex characters that have a variety of traits, both positive and negative. For example, the same character can be both brave and arrogant. Include at least two traits for each character in your table.

If you need help finding the right words or phrases to describe the traits, search online for a list of character traits.

Continue adding traits for each character.

You will include supporting evidence for the traits later.

Now, it’s your turn: Add a heading to the second column, And add at least two character traits for each character.


  1. Add a heading to the second column.
  2. Add at least two character traits for each character.