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Character Trading Cards

September 18, 2008

When you were a child, did you ever trade baseball, football or even Pokemon cards? Teachers are using a new interactive method to teach students about character development.  Character trading cards are a fun alternative to charts.

Read Write Think has an entire lesson plan listed on their site, including an online tool for creating your own trading cards. You will be asked several questions ranging from description and personality to their statement and actions. There’s even a spot for a picture of your character, though you will have to add it manually. Once you are finished filling out the card, print, fold and glue it together. Now, your character has its very own trading card.

Next, you can create games like allowing someone else use your description to draw a picture of your character. Compare it to how you visualized them. It’ll prove if you provided enough information or not. Or, you can write a story using another person’s character card. I wish we did this when I was in school. I would have paid attention more.

Sound like fun?

  1. September 18, 2008 6:56 pm

    Wow, thank you so much for finding this! This is exactly the kind of thing I’ve been looking for, as I’m working on developing characters for my novel at the moment.

  2. September 18, 2008 8:53 pm

    Glad I could help. 🙂

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