What is a character sketch?How would I do one of Calpurnia?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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A character sketch is a detailed description of a character. It includes physical descriptions and personality traits. It basically describes in detail what the person looks like and how the person acts and information about her personality.
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katemschultz | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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What I would do first is start with a list of everything you know about Atticus from reading the book: character traits, relationships, habits, things he says, strong beliefs, etc.

Then, I would go for a poster form. Get a large pice of construction paper or poster board. Then, your imagination is really the limit. You could draw/trace the outline of Atticus (or any person) and put inner things (ideals, close relationships) inside and then out-ward appearance or interactions outside the figure.

You could do a cluster web, where you start with Atticus' name in a circle in the center, and then draw lines, connecting him to other people, character traits, etc.

If you wanted to do it as a booklet, you could theme it as a "dating" profile or make it a like a Facebook/My Space profile.

Or you could print out picture/draw pictures to match certain traits.

Hope this helped...good luck!

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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This is characterization, or how an author helps us get to know the characters in a story.  Focus on what the character says how she says it, how she interacts with others, what she does, how she dresses, what she thinks, what others say and think about her.   

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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When I assign character sketches to my students, I have them keep a page in their notebook on each character. Then as they read, they add to each character what they've learned about them - their physical traits, their personality...anything at all that they learn about these characters.

With Calpurnia, you can begin by explaining that she is the black woman who cares for Scout, Jem, and Atticus. She is almost a surrogate mother to the children, and is considered a member of the family by all of them.  Include a physical description of Calpurnia, what she's like around the Finch household, and what she's like when she takes the children to her own church one Sunday.

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panvolleyball | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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I have to do one and I'm doing my on Atticus but my teacher wants us to do it in a booklet form or a poster form. Can someone please help do this because its due on Friday and I don't know what to do.

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gogryphons | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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