Characters in stories

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


It's important to include characters in your writing because they help drive the story. Characters can be real people who you know. They could be real people that 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
  • your favourite old character
  • your favourite young character

Make sure you use capital letters and punctuation correctly and include the joining word because in all of your sentences.

Once you've finished you can show your sentences to someone at home 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 create an amazing character, have a go at creating one.

Take a piece of paper and draw your character in the middle. Around your character, write down words you can use to describe them. Think about:

  • name
  • job
  • clothing
  • appearance
  • where they live
  • likes/dislikes
  • what they are like - kind, funny, clever...

Once you've thought about your character, write at least three sentences to describe your character. For example: My character is called George and he is very clever.

Where next?

In this lesson you learned about characters in stories, explored fairy stories and created your own character.

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