After working through individual quotes, your students will be ready to identify character traits in books. Since identify character traits requires students to use inference skills, I like to start with shorter picture books. The list of books below work well for identifying character traits because the characters in each story change as the story progresses, giving students an opportunity to identify character traits at the beginning and end of the story.
The Recess Queen by Alexis O’neill
The Bad Seed by Jory John
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Reinforce learning by analyzing character traits in video. Identifying character traits in video will provide students with a chance to analyze characters in a different format. Many short films or clips from longer films will work. I like to use Pip, an animated film about a small dog with a big dream. The film does not contain dialogue, so students must rely on actions alone to draw conclusions about Pip’s character traits. After students have identified Pip’s character traits, it’s important that they support their choices with examples from the video.