You should SEE EVIDENCE of your students' learning EVERYDAY. Exit Slips are an excellent way to ensure that your students are reflecting on their learning as well as a way to keep tabs on their progress.
This teacher did a great character study on the BFG. I think that's an excellent choice for character study! I also like to stress the difference between character traits and actions, then connect the two. Awesome anchor chart from oneextradegree.blogspot.com
Text EvidenceTextual Evidence Sentence Starters-an anchor chart that gives excellent textual evidence sentence starters to help students as they write constructed and extended responsesCheck out my Inference of the Day No Prep Printables and Introductory PowerPoint for more in-depth inferencing practice opportunities for your students! FREE