Skip to contentContribute to ReadWriteThink / RSS / FAQs / Site Demonstrations / Contact Us / About Us



Contribute to ReadWriteThink

ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.



Professional Development

Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals.



Did You Know?

Your students can save their work with Student Interactives.

More more

HomeClassroom ResourcesLesson Plans

Lesson Plan

Females in the Spotlight: Strong Characters in Picture Books

E-mail / Share / Print This Page / Print All Materials (Note: Handouts must be printed separately)


Females in the Spotlight: Strong Characters in Picture Books

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Leliaert

Fishers, Indiana


International Literacy Association



Featured Resources

From Theory to Practice



Students practice critical thinking skills as they identify character traits displayed by strong female protagonists in selected texts. The teacher first models the process through a read-aloud of The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie de Paola. Students then read additional titles and work in small groups to distinguish character traits that contributed to their understanding of the main characters. Using the online Character Trading Cards tool, each student creates a trading card to share with classmates. Suggested discussion questions encourage students to make personal connections with the text and examine the evolution of their own attitudes toward strong female characters.

back to top



back to top



Giorgis, C., Johnson, N., Colbert, C., Conner, A., King, J., & Kulesza, D. (2000). Children's Books: Characters. The Reading Teacher, 53(6), 518527.

  • Authors use words to create characters within text. The reader comes to know a character through the author's description of the character's appearance and actions and through dialogue or monologue.

  • Characters are often memorable because the author portrays them as unique; many times this evokes an emotional response from the reader.

  • Strong female characters are admirable because of "their ability to solve problems, overcome adversity, and persevere when circumstances within society present overwhelming obstacles" (p. 521).

back to top