I love to teach elements of story in reading and writing. Because I enjoy reading character-driven fiction, it's natural that I emphasize this in my lessons.
Here is a simple graphic organizer to help students analyze a character and supply evidence from the text that demonstrates this trait.
For example, recently we read The Gollywopper Games as a class. Each of the children participating in the games demonstrated their character traits with words and actions. One character doesn't care to win; she just wants to be on TV. Two other characters cheat, but in different ways according to their characters. This tool helps students collect the dialogue and actions that show character.