Character Study

For this assignment, you will be tracking the changes in one of the characters from the book. You will need to do the following:

  1. Choose a character you believe shows growth throughout the story.
  2. Develop a list of characteristics about that character as to how he/she was in the beginning, middle and end of the book
  3. Find several quotes from those sections of the book that support your beliefs about the character’s personality. Use the following categories to organize your data:
    • Beginning descriptors of the character
    • Book quotes to support these descriptors
    • Middle descriptors of the character
    • Book quotes to support these descriptors
    • End descriptors of the character
    • Book quotes to support these descriptors
  4. Using books and on-line sites such as www.quotationspage.com, find quotes from famous people that you believe your character would use to guide them during the beginning, middle and last sections of the book.

Character Focus:




Farewell to Manzanar Rubric


5 beyond requirements
4 meets expectations
3 average
2 needs improvement
1 elements missing



  1. Insightful descriptors for all three areas of the book. 5 4 3 2 1
  2. All quotes from the book soundly support the descriptors.5 4 3 2 1
  3. Famous quotes are appropriate for each section. 5 4 3 2 1
  4. Good critical thinking displayed. 5 4 3 2 1
  5. Evidence of going beyond the initial assignment. 5 4 3 2 1
  6. Solid justificationfor what led to the character changes. 5 4 3 2 1


Total: __