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Point of View Activities

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.
Point of View Comic Strip Project RTF
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Point of View Flash Cards – Create a set of note cards to help you understand narrative perspective.  Cards should include an example on one side and the name and definition on the other. Underline thoughts and feelings in your 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.
Point of View Practice RTF
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Point of View Practice Questions – Students identify the narrative perspective in 10 examples from popular teen fiction. Students identify the narrator’s perspective and explain their answers.
Point of View Practice Questions PPT
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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.
Simple Point of View Lesson PowerPoint

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.
Modes of Third-Person Narration Lesson PowerPoint

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.
Point of View Lesson PowerPoint
Point of View Lesson Web Page

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 – A fifteen question multiple choice quiz with two forms assessing how well students can identify first, second, and third-person narration.
Point of View Quiz – Form A – RTF
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Point of View Quiz – Form B – PDF
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Answers for Form A
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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.
Point of View Quiz 2 – Form A – RTF File
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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

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.6 – Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

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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).

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54 Comments

  1. Loree Sprague

     /  November 27, 2017

    Wow! These suggestions and resources are fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing these. You are a generous soul!

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     /  March 13, 2017

    This is AMAZING!!!

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  3. Barber Ben

     /  January 12, 2017

    Life saver

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  4. Sherlon Cloud

     /  January 7, 2017

    As a teacher and a parent, these examples are awesome.

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  5. rosa

     /  December 1, 2015

    A life-saver!

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  6. Kikoh

     /  July 2, 2015

    Excellent. Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Laila

     /  July 2, 2015

    Really Good Website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Tracy

     /  April 7, 2015

    This was such a helpful site. It gave me many tools to pick from to use in my classroom to help my students in their understanding of point of view.

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  9. demond smith

     /  March 25, 2014

    all the help has gave me a better understanding on a lot of things

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  10. Gay Holmes

     /  October 2, 2013

    You’ve provided a great resource for teaching P.O.V. I plan to share it with my other 5th grade teachers since we are preparing to teach this concept next.
    Thank you so much!

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  11. Mrs. Littrell

     /  September 24, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your hard work!! This has been very helpful to me. I appreciate your generous spirit!!

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  12. Shanna Nichols

     /  March 27, 2013

    I love this website! But I’m looking for something to help teach how to identify the point of view of media presentations. Could you please help me? This is something new and I’m not having very good luck finding things to use.

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    • I have nothing of the sort at this time. I will contact you if I create any material of this sort. Best wishes and I hope that you find what you are looking for.

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  13. Jennifer DeGerolamo

     /  March 10, 2013

    Thank you for taking the time to create such an amazing site. You provide such fantastic resources for teachers to access for free. I use the powerpoint presentations, activities, and worksheets all the time. Thanks again for using your time to create all these resources without charging a dime!

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  14. Paula Kavanagh

     /  February 28, 2013

    I am using this amazing resource of yours for homeschooling 8th grade/ 9th grade English and would like to know if you have the answers to the quizzes that you here on the point of view?

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  15. Heather Bolling

     /  February 27, 2013

    Mr. Morton,

    I have just found your site and have found this to be extremely helpful! I am a first year teacher and have been ‘borrowing’ many of your PowerPoint lessons and worksheets. We’re starting to review Point of View again tomorrow and I think that this time around I will be much better prepared. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. Robin Lawson

     /  January 24, 2013

    This is such a great resource! I loved using it with my eighth grade classes. thank you!

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  17. Bessie

     /  November 7, 2012

    Thanks for the POV site. I’m going to use it in class in the morning. I will be using some of the other stuff, but right now, this is awesome!

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  18. Mrs. Edwards

     /  July 11, 2012

    From Mrs. Edwards’ Middle School Korean Students: Thank you, Mr. Morton, for a great resource! Our class frequently looks through some of your pages in order to better understand basic concepts when language starts to fog our brains. These concepts assist us in preparing for English Universities where literature and writing is essential! –Incheon, South Korea

    (And thank you for providing a sometimes frustrated teacher with encouragement to keep pushing!)

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  19. Trish

     /  June 12, 2012

    This is an awesome website. It is helping me to prepare lessons for my child during summer break.
    Thank you!

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  20. yvonne davidson

     /  April 2, 2012

    great site thx for the help

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  21. Kfoster

     /  February 17, 2012

    I find myself returning again and again, I love your lessons and worksheets. We “flipped” my classroom this year to one on one student/laptops, your websites has really helped make the transition a success! Thanks!!!!

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  22. This is a really wonderful resource. I had to come up quickly with a point of view lesson(s) when I found many of my students failed a formative assessment on the topic. I scrambled to find some good material and came upon this website. It was a huge help. Simple, straightforward but rigorous and relevant. Thank you.

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  23. JB

     /  January 30, 2012

    All of these activities are really great! Thank you for compiling them!

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  24. Debbie

     /  January 24, 2012

    Thank you for all the wonderful plans and worksheets. This is one of the most helpful websites I have found.

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  25. Two words (out loud) THANK YOU!!!!

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  26. Teresa S

     /  January 2, 2012

    Thanks-Love the help, but where is the book passing activity -I must have missed this

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  27. Levonne Wheat

     /  December 28, 2011

    This website is the bomb!
    I was having a very difficult time trying to create a quiz for my students.
    Thanks for the blessing.

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  28. lVill

     /  December 2, 2011

    I love all of the wonderful activity ideas you have. Thank you soooo much!

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  29. Melissa D

     /  December 1, 2011

    This site is AMAZING!! Thank you for taking the time to create a useful site for teachers. Do you have an answer key for quiz 2? Thanks!!

    Reply
    • Mr. Morton

       /  December 1, 2011

      Not currently, though I plan on making some keys over the winter break. Thanks for visiting!

      Reply
  30. Obie Williams

     /  December 1, 2011

    I am a graduate student currently taking a class on teaching and tutoring writing. I just wanted to let you know that your Powerpoint presentations were quite helpful in giving me ideas for my mock lesson plans. Thank you, Mr. Morton.

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  31. Mary Dwiggins

     /  October 20, 2011

    All my students have Iphones or IPods and can take pictures. Do you have an activity using these devices to help with point of view?

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    • Mr. Morton

       /  November 7, 2011

      Well, not currently. But that sounds like the future talking, Mrs. Dwiggins.

      Reply
  32. mamateacher

     /  August 28, 2011

    It is 1:00 in the morning and I’ve ben trying to come up with a hands on activity for POV. I couldn’t think of one at all. Thank you for the book passing activity; it is just what I need!

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  33. Myisha

     /  May 19, 2011

    In your powerpoint slide on point of view, is it possible that you could tell me what you think the point of view was in the sample passages? My students and I were not sure about some of them. Thanks. Still love your site. 🙂

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    • Mr. Morton

       /  May 22, 2011

      Sorry this took so long:

      Answers for PowerPoint Practice Slideshow

      1. First-Person
      2. Third-Person Limited
      3. First-Person
      4. Third-Person Omniscient
      5. Third-Person Objective
      6. First-Person
      7. Third-Person Omniscient
      8. Second-Person
      9. Third-Person Limited
      10. Third-Person Objective

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      • Myisha

         /  May 26, 2011

        Thank you for any reply. I am not sure you are giving me the correct answers to the Point of View Powerpoint. Isn’t #3 “Foresight in Relationships” told in 2nd person? Please clear that up for me. Thanks.

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        • Kathi

           /  November 18, 2011

          Hello, again. I have the answers to the power point, but I am confused about which power point they go with? Can anyone help me with that?

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  34. There are two mistakes in the Point of View PowerPoint slides in the “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” In the last three lines it says ‘your’ instead of you’re. “If your hungry, eat.” (That’s wrong.) It should be, If you’re hungry, eat. There is the same mistake after that.

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    • Mr. Morton

       /  April 19, 2011

      I fixed those errors in the PowerPoint file. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. “You’re” help is invaluable. ;p

      Reply
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