A character WANTED poster makes a terrific character sketch,even if your character isn’t a bandit or a criminal-type!
In this assignment kids get a chance to write a description of both the appearance and personality of their character. They also write where you might expect to find the character. Have them really stop and think about who the character is and what qualities make him or her interesting. Of course, it wouldn’t be a WANTED poster without a picture too.
Click on this link to download and print the Wanted Poster, or you can click on the image, below.
- This would make a terrific book project wherein the child can describe his or her favorite character in the story, the hero, or better yet – the villain.
- You could also have several kids each read a fairy tale or other children’s classic. Each kid will make their own character wanted poster. Then hang them up on a bulletin board to share them, just like they would at the police station. The Big, Bad Wolf . . . the troll under the bridge . . . the evil stepmother – they would all hold a spot there.
- This would also be an excellent pre-writing activity for any kind of narrative, especially one that includes a bad guy. Think through who your character is and write all you can about him or her so that when you compose your narrative you will feel connected with the characters.
Whoever your character is, get writing on a character wanted poster!
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