Point of View


ELAR-Grade-6 Literary Genres Point of View
Students look at a photo and think about points of view. Then, they learn to identify first-person and third-person points of view, including third-person omniscient and third-person limited. Next, they read three 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 third-person points of view.

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Overview

In this experience, students look at a photo and think about points of view. Then, they learn to identify first-person and third-person points of view, including third-person omniscient and third-person limited. Next, they read three 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 third-person points of view.

Objectives

  • Recognize the point of view in a text.
  • Explain the use of omniscient and limited point of view.

Duration

One class period.

Vocabulary Words: Explore Passage 1

  • outcome: ending, conclusion
  • surge: a sudden, strong flow
  • opposition: (1) the opposing team; (2) disagreement with something
  • interfering: getting in the way

Vocabulary Words: Explore Passage 2

  • relayed: sent by passing from one place to the next
  • intercepted: caught an opponent’s pass in a ball game


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 uses a point of view. In this experience, you’ll learn what that means.

Objectives

  • Recognize the point of view in a text.
  • Explain the use of omniscient and limited point of view.


multiethnic group of young adults smiling at the camera

Look at the photo. It shows a group of 16 people standing and smiling at the camera. Think of how many different points of view this group contains! Each individual would experience the scene from a different point of view, with his or her own thoughts and feelings. In addition, the photographer would view it from a specific point of view and have individual thoughts and feelings. That makes 17. And as you’ll find out in this experience, that’s not all! 


Choose any one of those people and write a sentence describing the scene from his or her point of view. What does that person see, think, and feel? In addition to your sentence, briefly identify the person, such as “tall man with glasses, fourth from left.”

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Lead a discussion in which students compare and contrast the points of view they have described. The point of view may be either first-person or third-person. The sentence may include the character’s thoughts or feelings, but does not have to.

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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