Five Minute Friday: Character Traits a Friend Should Have

It’s Five Minute Friday time!  Remember you too can join in this “writing flash mob” and/or do it with your students.  It’s a simple and quick free writing exercise.  Read my post introducing Five Minute Friday for details on how to participate.  Also, check out how to incorporate Five Minute Friday with creating interactive posters for the “Writing Process”.

Set aside five minutes of free writing time to join me on writing about “Friend”, today’s topic.  Remember I’m applying my Five Minute Friday posts toward education and work, but you can write about anything about “Friend” that sparks your interest.


Character is important and has become a focal-point of education in schools.  This is a topic that is a bit difficult to write about from an education standpoint in paragraph style for a Five Minute Friday free writing activity.  Instead of approaching the remainder of this Five Minute Friday response in paragraph style, I am going to generate a list of one word responses related to character traits that a good quality friend should have.  Some of my closest friends are from high school and college.  I will list character traits I have witnessed over the years that a good friend should have. 

Character traits of good quality friends:

  • trustworthy
  • honest
  • sincere
  • loyal
  • diligent
  • humorous
  • kind
  • compassionate
  • empathetic 
  • calm
  • confident
  • server
  • leader
  • gentle
  • generous
  • silly
  • confidant 
  • cordial
  • loving
  • friendly
  • tame
  • wise
  • witty 
  • available
  • giver
  • receiver
  • expressionistic 
  • mannered 
  • notable 
  • joyous
  • content
  • positive
  • respectful

Time is up!  Trying to think of one word responses in a short five minutes is harder than I thought it would be, but nonetheless I have generated some good words of valuable good quality friends.  Cherish these types of friends because they are precious and life-long.  Happy Friday!  


Note: During Five Minute Friday, you are not supposed to stop to make any edits.  Free writing without stopping is the purpose.  Notice there are errors in my Five Minute Friday writing above.  These errors will not be edited because editing them would defeat the purpose of Five Minute Friday.  Part of the reason I’m featuring Five Minute Friday on adaptivelearnin is to teach students how to write without anxiety.  I want them to see the errors to show them that errors are okay to make during free writing.  I want this to be an educational experience for them.  Feel free to use this or my other FMF posts as examples in lessons if you wish.  Happy Friday!


Beth Crumpler Beth Crumpler is the founder of adaptivelearnin. Beth is an educator who is passionate about platforms for adaptive learning and curriculum design. She earned her B.A. in music education from Southeastern University, M.S. in TESOL from Shenandoah University, and 42 graduate-level credits from several universities in California. Beth is an experienced teacher, curriculum writer, blogger, and elearning course developer in the fields of ESL and music education. She has written learning content for several major educational companies/institutions. Her strongest asset is in using needs analysis and thinking creatively to develop adaptive educational materials both through kinesthetic hands-on and technological platforms to meet the diverse learning needs of students regardless of age, learning need and content area. Beth has taught students of many linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. She loves her work, loves to bring positive humor to it whenever possible, and is seriously dedicated to the profession. Beth's experiences teaching for numerous content areas, diverse populations, and a wide range of age groups is what propelled her with the vision to create adaptivelearnin. Her vision has been to support educators in finding resources which support learning through modified and targeted experiences so that all students receive individualized learning to facilitate their educational growth needs. Adaptivelearnin is a place where educators can find digital and hands-on adaptive learning resources for planning and instructional purposes. Beth does freelance curriculum writing, article writing/blogging, and online course development. For inquires about hiring Beth for work, please email her at Go to to check out published articles Beth has written. Opinions are her own and are not those of her employer, or previous employers.