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Simple Point of View Lesson

Well, this lesson isn’t exactly simple, but it’s much easier than the follow-up lesson. For the 2011-2012 school year, I decided to break my instruction on narrator’s perspective into two pieces.  This first (this one) covers first, second, and third-person narration.  The second (the following lesson) covers modes of third-person narration.  I think that scaffolding the instruction was more effective considering the student groups with whom I was working.

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


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. Linda

     /  June 2, 2014

    I am just staring a literacy – based unit that is focusing on point on view for grade three students. I think that this will be a great introduction.

  2. Vallen

     /  March 3, 2014

    My third graders found Point of View really easy after using your power point and lesson worksheets. We varied the lesson by looking at what the content was about and circling key words such as I we me my he she….names etc… Thank you for sharing.

  3. jaelyne

     /  December 10, 2013

    like the colors
    the way they put venn diagrams
    the way they explian stuff


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