One way to assess students’ understanding of characterization in a story is to have them write their own stories about a character. The reproducible activities here take students through the steps of planning and evaluating their writing. These activities include:

  • a planning guide to help students brainstorm and analyze character traits
  • a self-assessment checklist to keep students on track as they write their stories
  • a rubric for scoring the finished stories


"Write About a Character" Reproducible Activities (PDF)


For more time-saving reproducible forms and great strategies for meaningful reading and writing assessment, see 40 Rubrics & Checklists to Assess Reading and Writing from Scholastic Professional Books.