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Write a Detailed Character Description

In this worksheet, students read a character description and then write one of their own.

'Write a Detailed Character Description' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:  Consider Setting, Atmosphere and Character

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Read the following character description.

 

 

Yarwait was a disagreeable old man who loathed everyone around him. He scavenged in bins for his daily food and rolled cigarettes made from shreds of tobacco from stubs which he collected from the gutters and rolled into strips of paper. He wore grimy, fraying, fingerless mittens. His long, straggly hair hung around his face like a tattered curtain. Yet, in spite of all his anti-social ways, he had an incredible story to tell to anyone who dared get close enough to hear it.

 

The description contains details about Yarwait's appearance (he wears frayed and dirty clothes and has long, straggly hair), his actions (he scavenges in bins for food and cigarettes) and his feelings (he loathes other people). It also suggests that other people are afraid of Yarwait and hints that he is actually a very interesting person.

 

A good description focuses on more than one aspect of a character, and does not always mention things directly. For example, the author does not actually say that people are afraid of Yarwait but we know that they are because many people do not dare to go near him.

 

In this worksheet you can write your own character description, focusing on different aspects of your character and how others react to him/her.

Write a detailed description of one of the following characters.

 

modern young boy    1920's flapper girl   cowboy

old lady with head scarf

 

Include the following information:

- the name of your character

- the appearance of your character e.g. hair, clothes etc

- where your character lives or visits

- how your character behaves

- how other people react to your character.

 

Choose your nouns, verbs and adjectives carefully to make your description powerful, and remember that a good description often hints or suggests things and does not always describe them directly.

  • Question 1

Write a detailed description of one of the following characters.

 

modern young boy    1920's flapper girl   cowboy

old lady with head scarf

 

Include the following information:

- the name of your character

- the appearance of your character e.g. hair, clothes etc

- where your character lives or visits

- how your character behaves

- how other people react to your character.

 

Choose your nouns, verbs and adjectives carefully to make your description powerful, and remember that a good description often hints or suggests things and does not always describe them directly.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award a maximum of 10 marks for the description.
1) Award one mark if the character is given a name.
2 and 3) Award up to two marks for the physical description of the character. Award two marks if unusual and powerful vocabulary is used (e.g. 'stunning', 'destitute') but only one mark if the vocabulary is simple.
4 and 5) Award up to two marks for the description of where the character lives or visits, depending on the quality of the vocabulary.
6 and 7) Award up to two marks for the description of the character's behaviour, depending on the quality of the vocabulary.
8) Award one mark if the reaction of other people to the character is included.
9 and 10) Award up to two marks if the student has included hints and suggestions as well as direct descriptions.
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