Have you ever found it hard to tell someone that you appreciate them? Seventh grade students in Mr. Trent Mikesell’s class at Springville Junior High recently did this by writing character sketches. According to Mr. Mikesell, kids chose someone they admire, usually in their family, and wrote about their “appearance, actions, thoughts and feelings, even their speech.” They typed them in the computer lab. They printed the character sketches out and gave them to the person they wrote about.
Many students enjoyed this activity, and are excited to see the person when they get their character sketch. Sean Tedrow, a student in Mr. Mikesell’s class, wrote about his brother Chandler. He said, “I wrote about him because he is my favorite brother, and he’s awesome!” He thinks his brother will be very excited to read his character sketch. According to Caitlin Dinkel, another seventh grade student in Mr. Mikesell’s class, all the people who get character sketches will be happy to see that the authors appreciate them. As a bonus, the authors will become better at describing people when they write.