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Point of View Lesson

Are you looking for a better way to teach your students about point of view and narrative perspective? Check out this PowerPoint slideshow about point of view:

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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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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  1. Emily D Nelson

     /  March 2, 2017

    I love this website. Thank you so much for your sharing. But I have some questions. please forgive me for my rudeness and do not think i’m ungrateful. I really appreciate all of these. The main idea and theme part is different from what I have learned for so many years(Chinese teachers). What presented here about main idea is what my teachers told me topic or subject. What u presented here theme is what they told me main ideas. And could I please ask your nationality? Because it will make your words more persuasive if I went to correct my teacher’s mistake. Thank you so much.

    • The definition of theme is contentious amongst literary types. I, for one, settled on one defined by the board of education in my state. I have no wish to defend either of these futile positions. I am, however, an American, since you asked. Please be gentle on your teacher. It is possible that you could learn more with such an attitude. Best wishes.

  2. Sue

     /  April 25, 2016

    I am truly appreciating the time you spent on this power point. Thank you for sharing your expertise and hard work.

  3. Elizabeth C.

     /  November 7, 2014

    I’m GLAD I found this site! Your POV lesson PDF is exactly what I need to prepare my daughter for her assessment coming up next week. The lesson is extremely easy to teach/understand. I can’t thank you enough for making this materials available at no cost. I’m bookmarking your site and it will be my go to resource from now on. Thank you!!!

  4. Robbie Wheeler

     /  August 30, 2013

    Wow, this is great information & help for teachers & librarians. Thanks so much for publishing it & sharing!

  5. Mike

     /  November 2, 2012

    I enjoyed sharing your lesson ideas with my middle school students. I was pretty sure that practice passage 2 in the PowerPoint was written in third-person objective until I got to the last word. Can we observe someone smiling happily as opposed to smiling sarcastically or pridefully? I couldn’t with confidence declare it third-person limited, but I was leaning that way. I’d appreciate your thoughts.

    • Shades of grey, Mike. Literature is not mathematics; however, I’d argue that there’s a pretty visible distinction between styles of smiles, at least when it comes to sarcasm. Interesting thoughts…

  6. Missi

     /  September 26, 2012

    Yes, thank you for the wonderful point of view power point!!!

  7. Robin

     /  January 20, 2012

    Thank you so much for this website. Love it!!


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