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Write Descriptions of Characters

In this worksheet, students write short descriptions of different characters, focusing on their personalities as well as appearance.

'Write Descriptions of Characters' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Vocabulary Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When we describe characters in stories it is important to write about what sort of person they are as well as what they look like. We can use adjectives to help us describe how they look and verbs and adverbs to describe how they behave.

Look at this picture of Elsie.

What sort of person do you think she is? Do you think she is friendly or unfriendly? How does she treat other people? What do other characters think of her?

 

 

Now read this description of Elsie.

 

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Elsie's hair was white now, and her hands shook a little when she lifted things, but her eyes were still bright and she had a ready smile for everyone who came to see her. The village children used to bring her flowers from their gardens and in return she always had a story to tell them. She lived on her own and people often asked if she was lonely, but Elsie never complained.

"I have my memories to keep me company," she used to say. "And I love a nice cup of tea."

 

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This passage tells us a little about what Elsie looks like, but much more about what sort of person she is. It uses lots of interesting words and phrases, such as "her hands shook a little", "her eyes were bright" and "she never complained".

In this worksheet you can practise writing descriptions of people that show their characters as well as what they look like. Remember to use adjectives, verbs and adverbs to help make your writing more interesting to read.

Look at this picture of Josh on his bike. 

It is easy to see what he looks like, but what sort of person do you think he is? Does he look shy or confident? Do you think he is happy or unhappy? He clearly likes cycling, but what else does he like doing? What do his friends think of him?

 

 

Now write a description of Josh. You can write a little about his appearance (what he looks like) but try to focus on his personality. Think about what you can tell from the picture, but also make up some details that you think would fit him.

As well as using powerful words and phrases, you must remember to write in complete sentences with full stops and capital letters.

Now look at this picture of Carly with her dog Lucy. 

Again, it is easy to see what she looks like, but what sort of person do you think she is? Does she have lots of friends or does she prefer to spend time with her dog? Is she a kind person?

 

Write a description of Carly, including her appearance but focusing more on her personality. Use details from the picture but make up other things about her life that you think would fit.

As well as using powerful words and phrases, you must remember to write in complete sentences with full stops and capital letters.

  • Question 1

Look at this picture of Josh on his bike. 

It is easy to see what he looks like, but what sort of person do you think he is? Does he look shy or confident? Do you think he is happy or unhappy? He clearly likes cycling, but what else does he like doing? What do his friends think of him?

 

 

Now write a description of Josh. You can write a little about his appearance (what he looks like) but try to focus on his personality. Think about what you can tell from the picture, but also make up some details that you think would fit him.

As well as using powerful words and phrases, you must remember to write in complete sentences with full stops and capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award a maximum of five marks for the description.
  • Award one mark for an accurate description of Josh's appearance.
  • Award another mark if the description of his personality is in keeping with the picture (smiling and confident).
  • Award another mark for extra information about Josh (such as his friends or other hobbies).
  • Award another mark for the use of interesting words and phrases, such as adjectives.
  • Award another mark if the description is written in sentences that are mostly punctuated correctly with capital letters and full stops.
    • Question 2

    Now look at this picture of Carly with her dog Lucy. 

    Again, it is easy to see what she looks like, but what sort of person do you think she is? Does she have lots of friends or does she prefer to spend time with her dog? Is she a kind person?

     

    Write a description of Carly, including her appearance but focusing more on her personality. Use details from the picture but make up other things about her life that you think would fit.

    As well as using powerful words and phrases, you must remember to write in complete sentences with full stops and capital letters.

    CORRECT ANSWER
    EDDIE SAYS
    Award a total of five marks for the description, using the same criteria as for the previous question.
  • Award one mark for an accurate description of Carly's appearance.
  • Award another mark if the description of her personality is in keeping with the picture (shy and thoughtful).
  • Award another mark for extra information about Carly (such as her friends or other hobbies).
  • Award another mark for the use of interesting words and phrases, such as adverbs.
  • Award another mark if the description is written in sentences that are mostly punctuated correctly with capital letters and full stops.
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