Describing characters

Learning focus

To describe your favourite characters and and create a character of your own.

This lesson includes:

  • an introduction to characters in stories

  • three activities


Focusing on characters

It's important to include characters in your writing because they help to drive the story. Characters can be real people who you know. They could also be real people who you don't know. Or they can be completely made up.

Watch this short video to find out about questions you should ask yourself when coming up with a new character.

Asking questions can help you create a new character.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1: Let's think about fairy stories

Watch this short video and then try the activity below.

Find out about fairy stories.

Take a look at the table below and see if you can complete it by filling in the missing details.

Some fairy stories you know might be films - you can include them too.

Name of fairy story/filmGood characterBad character
- - - - - -- - - - - -- - - - - -
- - - - - -- - - - - -- - - - - -
- - - - - -- - - - - -- - - - - -

Activity 2: Your favourite characters

Look at the list below and write a sentence about each of your favourite characters.

  • Your favourite animal character
  • Your favourite female character
  • Your favourite male character
  • Your favourite evil character

Make sure you use capital letters and punctuation correctly.

Once you've finished you can show your sentences to someone else, like someone you live with, friend or teacher, and see if they agree with you.

Activity 3: Let's create a new character

Take a look at the video below to find out how to create a new character. Then try creating one yourself.

Explore how to create a character.

Now that you have all the ingredients to come up with an amazing character, have a go at creating one.

Take a piece of paper and create six sections on it. Title each section with the labels below, then write about your new character in each section.

  • Name
  • Job
  • Clothing
  • Appearance
  • Where they live
  • Likes/dislikes

Fill in these sections to create one character.

Where next?

In this lesson you have thought about fairytale characters and created a character of your own.

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