The Portrait Of A Lady Grandmother Character Sketch Essay

People normally have a honeyed relationship with their mum and dad. However, I am the exception. If my grandma is a kangaroo, I should be the little one inside her bag. We have such chummy relationship because I live with her since I was a newborn baby.


My grandma has short, curly and dense hair with black pearl color even though she is nearly 80. She loves laugh especially on jokes I made. When she is laughing, her eyes look like a pair of rainbow. Because of her optimistic personality, my home is harmonious and full of laughter all the time. I was affected a lot by my cheerful grandma. At my young age, she taught me that it is good to be brave, follow your heart and never give up no matter there is any difficulty discouraging you. For example, when I feel disappointed with the poor examination result, she would give me a hug with a sweet smell of rose came from her favorite hand cream, however, said with fish like smell (as she loves eat fish so much):


“Girl, keep going.

Have faith and work harder next time.

I am here to support you always.”


She just like a farmer who keeps nurturing the positive power on me as time goes by. Grandma is thin, short and always wears ancient clothes. Her outfit may make her look weak but she is actually a capable woman who built a shell protecting me from those “monsters”. I should have no worry as someone always stays behind me during my hard time.


My grandma is a hardworking person and also the expert of making noise. When I was fighting with my assignment, she made some “background music” that kept drawing my attention. Except non-stop talking with her microphone voice, there was “ti ti dik dik” noise which came from my grandma’s slippers because she was walking like a busy puppy along the corridor for doing housework.


“Hey. Could you please stop for a while? I am working on my assignment. ”

“Of course not! I need to finish all the housework planned today.

This is my responsibility to finish them as scheduled.”


That is quite annoying actually. However, I do admit her strong self-discipline and insistence. Nobody except yourself would keep remind you all the time. What you should do is to control yourself. Things are easier to be said than to be done. I am a lucky girl because I have grandma to be my role model showing me the things not mentioned in the textbook but I should bear in mind.


“Work hard may worth nothing but you will certainly not succeed if you don’t ever work hard”. That is my grandma’s motto. From her pair of rough and dry hand as well as the humpback, I could feel how hard she is in her life especially the efforts on my growth. Beyond giving birth, she gave everything she can from three simple but tasty meals, pocket money and tiny home to me. That’s why I can focus on my study with little worries. I love her even though she is stubborn, troublesome and rude occasionally like my customers in boutique.


“Grandma, I am no longer a baby doll.

I know it is hard to not worrying me but please try to worry less.

It is time for me to grow up and settle into the real world.

Thanks for your love and care.”

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Brief Description

Write a character sketch about somebody you know well.


Students will

  • use a graphic organizer to help them discuss a model character sketch and organize/write one of their own.
  • write an interesting sketch that includes the proper elements of a character sketch.


characterization, character sketch, writing, expository writing, character, graphic organizer

Materials Needed
  • a "model" character sketch -- text provided below (a copy for each student, or an overhead projector to display the model to the entire class)

The Lesson

In this lesson, students write a character sketch about somebody they know well -- for example, a parent, best friend, relative, or neighbor. After they have mastered the art of writing a character sketch of somebody familiar, they can transfer their character-sketch writing skills to a character sketch about a character in a novel or another piece of literature.

Explain to students what a character sketch is: A character sketch highlights several important characteristics or personality traits of a person -- a real person, a person in literature, or an imagined person. A good character sketch provides support detail for each identified trait.

Share with students the model character sketch that appears below. You might cut and paste it into a Word document and provide a copy for each student, or print out this lesson and photocopy the sketch below onto an overhead transparency.

My friend Liz is a true best friend. She always supports me in everything I want to do. When I wanted to go up North, she said she thought it would be a great experience and that it would help me develop my sense of adventure.

Liz is not only a great supporter. She also trusts me to give her my honest opinion and to say what I feel. When she was upset with her sister one time, she asked what I thought about it and I said she should wait and then she would find out the real reason why her sister was mad at her. And it happened that way. She knew she could trust me.

Liz can be a barrel of fun when she is in the mood. I really like when she does silly things. One night, we rented three movies and watched all three while we ate popcorn, cheese and crackers, and a whole box of chocolates. We gabbed about everything and even imagined what it would be like to live like some of the characters in the movies.

Since my best friend is now living over 500 miles away, I miss all the laughter she brought to my life and the times I could ask her opinion on things that troubled me. But I can still hear the sound of her voice and ask her opinion on the telephone!

Point out that in the character sketch above, the writer highlighted what he or she felt were some of Liz's best qualities or character traits. For each trait or characteristic, the writer provided at least one detail that supported -- served as proof -- that Liz possessed that trait. The character sketch form below provides a simple outline for a character sketch. Have students work on their own or in small groups as they use the form to discuss the character sketch above. The form will help them identify

  • the qualities/character traits that the writer likes most about Liz.
  • details/examples to support those traits.
Character Sketch Format/Graphic Organizer

Topic Sentence: ____________________________________________________

Trait #1 _________________________________
Example(s) __________________________________________

Trait #2 _________________________________
Example(s) __________________________________________

Trait #3 _________________________________
Example(s) __________________________________________

Concluding Sentence: ____________________________________________________

Set aside time for students to share their work. Ask: What traits did the writer admire in Liz?

Then invite students to share some other traits people might have that would be worthy of inclusion in a character sketch. (You might do this as a class activity or have students first brainstorm traits in their small groups.) Write of list of those traits as students identify them. Some traits might include loyalty, kindness, and determination.

Have students use a graphic organizer form similar to the one above to formulate ideas for a character sketch about someone they know well; the form will help them organize their thinking before writing. Emphasize the importance of providing good, strong supporting details for each characteristic. Help students who seem to be having difficulty identifying traits or providing supporting details. After they have filled in the spaces on the graphic organizer, students are ready to write their sketches.

This is a good activity to do around holiday time, Mother's Day, or Father's Day. You might have students laminate their completed sketches to present as gifts to the subject of their sketches.

When you are comfortable that students have mastered the concept of a character sketch, have them use the format to create a character sketch of a character from a book, story, poem, play, or other piece of literature.


Students write a character sketch that includes all the important elements defined in the lesson above.

Submitted By

Pauline Finlay, Holy Trinity Elementary School, Torbay, Newfoundland (Canada)

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Originally published 04/23/2004
Last updated 07/25/2017



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