Point Of View

Free lesson plans and resources to help you teach your students to about the different points of view in literature. The week will also dive into the concept of perspective as well as analysis of the effect of point of view on the reader and the text.

Whole Week Overview

Overview:

This week students will learn about the different points of view in literature, the difference between point of view and perspective, analyze and discuss the impact that point of view and perspective have on the reader’s understanding of the events of a story and practice using these techniques in their own creative writing.

Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.6/4.6/5.6
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

Resources:

  • Teacher Guide
  • Daily PowerPoints with Teacher Notes
  • Printable Passages, Notes, Activities, Warm-Ups, and Exit Tickets
  • Short Standards-Focused Assessment

 

Day 1 - Introduction

Launch

Introduce the learning targets and discuss how different “The Three Little Pigs” would be if narrated by the wolf.

Core Instruction

Using the guided notes and handouts, you’ll define point of view while having students identify key words. You will also introduce the importance of perspective.

Guided Practice

The class will practice identifying the point of view in multiple stories as a class.

Independent Practice

Using the handouts, students will begin identifying point of view independently while discussing and analyzing how multiple perspectives change their understanding of a text. Exit tickets and checks for understanding are built into the handouts and PowerPoint.

Day 2 - Whole Class Practice

Launch

Students will write a brief narrative from the first person point of view.

Whole Class

Define Perspective and clearly explain the difference between point of view and perspective.

Guided Practice

Students will use the scaffolded handout to determine the point of view and perspectives of three passages. Students will craft scaffolded analysis statements about the effect of the point of view and perspective. Exit tickets and checks for understanding are built into the handouts and PowerPoint.

Day 3 - Independent Practice

Launch

Use the PowerPoint to lead students in a rapid fire “slogan-based” point of view review.

Group Practice

Students will use the scaffolded handout to determine the point of view and perspectives of three photographs. Students will craft scaffolded analysis statements about the effect of the point of view and perspective. Exit tickets and checks for understanding are built into the handouts and PowerPoint.

Independent Practice

Students will independently craft a creative piece of fiction based on one of three provided photographs. Once completed, students will share their stories and their peers will identify point of view and perspective elements. Class will discuss how changes to the point of view would alter the story. Exit tickets and checks for understanding are built into the handouts and PowerPoint.

Day 4 - Group Practice

Launch

Students will respond to an open-ended question about perspective and popular fiction.

Independent Practice

Students will use the scaffolded handout to write short pieces of fiction from two different point-of-views about one photograph.

Class Reflection

Students will share their writing and continue to discuss differences based on point of view and perspective. Exit tickets and checks for understanding are built into the handouts and PowerPoint.

Day 5 - Assessment

The Assessment

Hand out the assessment for students and then go over the directions:

  • Read the passage carefully.
  • Highlight/circle details and keywords that communicate the point of view. 
  • Write a point of view statement about the passage.

Students will also be asked to apply what they’ve learned to two passages. Students will be asked to generate and original piece of fiction from a specific perspective.