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					          Graphic Organizer for Critiquing Credibility of Character

Credibility is a word that has many synonyms. Credibility means that something is believable and
realistic. You will read stories and decide whether the character you choose to report on is credible
OR not credible based on his or her words, actions, thoughts, and/or interactions with others
throughout the story. You should also be able to judge by these things whether the plot (what
happens throughout the story) is realistic or not.

Insert your chosen character here is a insert one character traits of the chosen
character here boy/girl/man/woman whose words, actions, thoughts, and/or interactions
with others demonstrate that he/she is a credible character.
                                                                      Use this thesis statement if you
                                                                      think the character is credible
                                                                      based on their words, actions,
OR                                                                    thoughts, and/or beliefs.

Insert your chosen character here is a insert one character traits of the chosen
character here boy/girl/man/woman whose words, actions, thoughts, and/or interactions
with others demonstrate that he/she is not a credible character.
                                                                        Use this thesis statement if you
                                                                        think the character is not
                                                                        credible based on their words,
                                                                        actions, thoughts, and/or beliefs.


 The thesis above will be the last sentence of your introductory paragraph. Your goal in each paragraph
is to use evidence from the story and clear explanations of the evidence you found to prove what you said
in your thesis statement. One paragraph will focus on how the character’s words show that he/she is
credible or not credible. Another of your body paragraphs will focus on how the character’s actions
show how he/she is credible or not credible. And still another of your body paragraphs will focus on how
the character’s thoughts and/or interactions with others show that he/she is credible or not credible.
Lastly you will write your concluding paragraph.


Use the fill-in above to help you write your thesis here:
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Use the following graphic organizer to show whether the character is credible or not credible based on
their age and situation. This chart will also help you organize evidence you will use in your body
paragraphs to prove your thesis.
                        Only choose one column! Do not write in both!

                      YES                                                 NO
  Credible words, actions, thoughts, and/or               Not Credible words, actions, thoughts and/or
          interactions of the character                           interactions of the character
Citation:                                            Citation:



Explanation of the citation in your own words:       Explanation of the citation in your own words:




Citation:                                            Citation:



Explanation of the citation in your own words:       Explanation of the citation in your own words:




Citation:                                            Citation:



Explanation of the citation in your own words:       Explanation of the citation in your own words:
     I.      Introduction
             A. Hook your audience with an intelligent definition of credibility, or with an interesting
                question or exciting fact related to the story,
             B. Name the title, author, genre and setting of the story in one complex sentence.
Look at      C. Name and briefly describe the main character’s physical and character traits.
the thesis   D. Explain, briefly, the conflict or problem facing the main character.
you wrote       Thesis statement (Main idea of essay): _________________________________________
on the
                ________________________________________________________________________
last page.
COPY IT
                ________________________________________________________________________
HERE!           ________________________________________________________________________

     II.     1st Body Paragraph
             A. Topic sentence #1 (Example: In the story_(main character)_ says things that makes him a
                 credible/incredible character.) [Choose either credible OR incredible based on your
                 graphic organizer choice.]
             B. Identify one major thing that the character says near the beginning of the story that makes
                 him or her believable or not believable. (Use what you wrote in your graphic organizer.)
             C. Explain why the character says what he/she did and what happens as a result. (Use the
                 explanation from your graphic organizer.)
             D. Explain how what the character said is believable/credible (or not credible based on the
                 plot of the story).
             E. Optional: Add other examples things character said that made him/her credible or
                 incredible.

     III.    2nd Body Paragraph
             A. Topic sentence #2 (Example: In addition to saying credible/incredible things, the author
                 also has __(main character)_ take a major action that makes him a credible/incredible
                 character.)
             B. Identify one major action that the character takes near the beginning or middle of the story
                 that makes him/her credible/incredible. (Use what you wrote in your graphic organizer.)
             C. Explain why the character takes this action and what happens as a result. (Use the
                 explanation from your graphic organizer.)
             D. Explain why you think this action is credible (or incredible based on the plot of the story).
             E. Optional: Add other examples things character did that made him/her credible or
                 incredible.

     IV.     3rd Body Paragraph
             A. Topic sentence #3 (Example: Even though the character had credible/incredible words
                 and actions, the author also uses the character’s thoughts and/or interactions with
                 others to make him/her credible/not credible.
             B. Identify one major thought or interaction the character has near the middle or end of the
                 story that makes him/her credible/not credible.
             C. Explain why the character has this thought or interaction and what happens or is done as a
                 result.
             D. Explain why you think this thought or interaction makes the character credible (or not
                 credible based on the plot of the story.
             E. Optional: Add other examples things character thought or ways they interacted with others
                 that made him/her credible or incredible.
   V.      Conclusion
           A. Concluding statement. Start with a concluding transition and restate the main idea/thesis
              statement. The thesis statement is the last sentence(s) in your introduction. (Example:
              In conclusion, based on the main character’s words, actions, thoughts and/or
              interactions with others, the author has/has not (choose one) made the character and
              plot credible/incredible. (choose the correct one based on your thesis)

           B. Explain that based on the age, character traits, and situations of the main character, he/she
              is credible/not credible and the plot is realistic/contrived. (choose based on your thesis)

           C. Explain one theme from the story. (you might say: It is easy to infer based on the plot and
              characterization that one major theme from this story is   (insert a theme from the story
              here) .

           D. State that the theme you stated matches the character traits, words, actions, and thoughts
              of the character mentioned earlier in the essay. (Example: This theme is supported by the
              character traits, words, actions, thoughts, and beliefs of the main character.

           E. Make a personal connection to end wrap up and end your essay with a bang!




CA State Standard Focus: Reading 3.8 Critique the credibility of characterization and whether the
plot is realistic or nonrealistic (fantasy). Writing 2.4 Write a response to literature that shows careful
reading, understanding and insight took place; ideas were organized clearly; and examples and textual
evidence was used to justify ideas and conclusions.


Brainstorming questions to consider and ask yourself before you write:
       Describe the main character’s physical and character traits. Are these traits credible or
        incredible? Why was this character realistic or unrealistic?
       What is the main theme of the story?
       Was the plot realistic? Would a real person in the same age range be in a similar situation and act
        this way? Why or why not?
       What major actions did the character take that made him/her credible/or incredible?
       What major thoughts did this character have that made him/her more credible/or incredible?
       What did the character say (actual dialogue from the story) that made him/her credible/or
        incredible?
       Explain how the character acted towards or around others that also made him/her credible/or
        incredible.

				
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