Point of View


ELAR-Grade-5 Literary Genres Point of View
Students look at a photo that prompts them to think about points of view. Then, they learn to identify first-person and third-person points of view. Next, they read two versions of a passage differing in point of view and explain their responses to them. Finally, they write two different versions of the same one-paragraph story, using different points of view.

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Overview

In this experience, students look at a photo that prompts them to think about points of view. Then, they learn to identify first-person and third-person points of view. Next, they read two versions of a passage differing in point of view and explain their responses to them. Finally, they write two different versions of the same one-paragraph story, using different points of view.

Objectives

  • Recognize the point of view in a text.
  • Explain the use of first- and third-person point of view.

Duration

One class period.

Vocabulary Word Used in Passage 1

  • opportunity: chance

Vocabulary Word Used in Passage 2

  • purchasing: buying


When you look at the world—perhaps from your window, perhaps from street level, perhaps from an airplane in flight—you see it from a certain spot and a certain angle. In other words, you have a point of view. Every story also has a point of view. In this experience, you will learn what that means.

Objectives

  • Recognize the point of view in a text.
  • Explain the use of first- and third-person point of view.


surfer riding beneath the curl of a wave

Look at the photo. It shows a surfer riding inside the curl of a big wave. Imagine how this scene looks and feels from the surfer’s point of view. It’s probably very different from how the scene looks from the photographer’s point of view! And they are both different from how the scene looks from your point of view as you look at the photo.


Choose one of those three points of view: the surfer’s, the photographer’s, or your own. What does the person whose point of view it is see, think, and feel? 

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Lead a discussion in which students compare and contrast the points of view they have described. For each of the characters (including themselves as observers), compare different students’ descriptions of the same character’s point of view.

Though the facts are much the same from each point of view, each point of view selects different details to emphasize or de-emphasize. In addition, the emotions and thoughts depicted will probably vary widely with point of view.

Tell students that in the next scene, they will learn how a difference in point of view affects a fictional story.


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