Point of View Activities
Identifying the narrator’s view point in a variety of texts is an essential reading skill. Students are often assessed on their understanding of narrative perspective on standardized tests. These point of view activities may help reinforce your students’ understanding of point of view.
Point of View Comic Strip Project – Students create four comic strips, each demonstrating a different mode of narration. This project sheet contains an examples as well as a scoring rubric to help guide your evaluation.
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Point of View Flash Cards – In this point of view project, students create a set of note cards to help them understand narrative perspective. Each note card should include an example on one side and the name and definition on the other. Students should underline characters’ thoughts and feelings as revealed by the narrator in their examples.
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Point of View Practice – Students pass around copies of books and attempt to identify the narrator’s perspective. You choose the 8 books they will be passing around. It is helpful if you have multiple copies of each book so that students may work in groups.
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Simple Point of View Lesson – Covers first, second, and third-person narration. It also explains how to distinguish narration from dialogue and includes a practice assignment after the lesson.
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Modes of Third-Person Narration Lesson – This animated PowerPoint lesson explains the differences between third-person objective, limited, and omniscient narration. It includes practice problems after the lesson to help you assess student understanding.
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Point of View Lesson – Slide show covering the five narrative view points. Includes a practice activity at the end of the slide show with five questions.
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Point of View Manual Project – A project where students create a manual defining and demonstrating each point of view. Then they provide readers with instructions on how to identify the narrator’s perspective.
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Point of View Quiz – Looking for a way to quickly assess how well students can identify the narrator’s perspective? Check out this point of view quiz. This quiz answer 15 multiple-choice questions. Students read passages and determine the narrator’s perspective. They also match terms to definitions.
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Point of View Quiz 2– Fifteen question multiple choice quiz assessing understanding of narrative perspective. Students identify the narrator’s view point in a variety of examples and then match definitions to point of view terms. This quiz covers first-person, second-person, and all three modes of third-person narration.
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Point of View Quiz 3 – Here’s yet another 15 question point of view quiz. Students read the passages and determine whether each is narrated from 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person perspective. It does not cover modes of narration like omniscient, limited, or objective. This might make it more appropriate for younger students or students who are still developing their skills.
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Point of View Video Game – Students blast their way across the Universe while answering HUNDREDS of questions about point of view in this classic arcade-style shooter. Collect cool power-ups and outmaneuver over 20 different types of enemies. When students get hit, they must answer a question about point of view to proceed. In the early levels, students are quizzed on first, second, and third-person narration. In the later levels, students must distinguish between objective, limited, and omniscient narrative modes. What a fun way to master point of view.
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Common Core State Standards Related to Point of View
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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.6 – Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
ELA Standards: Literature
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.6 – With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.6 – Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.6 – Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.6 – Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.6 – Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.6 – Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.6 – Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6 – Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6 – Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6 – Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.6 – Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).