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Invent a Character
By Kimberly Dana, Award-Winning Author

©Kimberly Dana

Invent a Character - Introduction
About the Packet:
During author visitations, kids will often ask me how I invent my characters. I tell them I think about someone interesting - then I think about their favorite candy bar. They chuckle and I say, “Seriously! This is how well you need to know and understand your characters.” In order to help kids invent their character, I’ve created this ready-to-use/student-friendly packet that facilitates the brainstorming process. Kids will love it and you will, too!

How to Use this Guide:
Expressly designed for 4-12th graders, Invent a Character can be used as a whole class instructional aide or in small group literature circles. The guide reinforces literacy and common core language arts standards and is highly recommended for reluctant readers. Invent a Character can be adapted to any short story or novel when teaching character analysis strategies. It is a student/teacher-friendly, hands-on classroom resource that includes the following items: 

What’s in Your Character’s Head
Diary Entry
I Am Poem
Character Collage

About the Author:
Featured on NBC’s More at Midday, Kimberly Dana is a multi-award-winning young adult/children's author and teacher. She is published by the National Council of Teachers of English, Parenthood, Your Teen, About Families, Sonoma Family Life, and the recipient of several writing honors from Writers Digest, Reader Views, the Pacific Northwest Writes Association, and various international book festivals. Other affiliations include the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition, where she serves as a judge for the annual eBook competition. Kimberly’s most recent books include her YA thriller, Cheerage Fearage, middle grade novel Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School, and the delightful picture book, Pretty Dolls, voted Best Children’s Book of the Year by Reader Views. Kimberly invites teachers (and students) to visit her website at where she has author visitation information and writing tips for kids.

©Kimberly Dana

What’s Inside Your Character’s Head?
(Make a collage of thoughts, symbols, theme words, and pictures).

©Kimberly Dana

The Diary of _______________________________________________________________ Directions: Write a diary entry of series of short entries using the “voice” of your character. Describe their hopes, fears, and events in their life.

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