Point of View


ELAR-Grade-8 Literary Genres Point of View
Students look at a photo that prompts them to think about points of view. Then, they read a passage that uses multiple points of view and identify those points of view. Next, they compare and contrast advantages and disadvantages of multiple and single points of view. Finally, they work in small groups to write a brief narrative using multiple 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 read a passage that uses multiple points of view and identify those points of view. Next, they compare and contrast advantages and disadvantages of multiple and single points of view. Finally, they work in small groups to write a brief narrative using multiple points of view.

Students will work collaboratively in small groups in scene 4 to compose fictional stories using multiple points of view. Each student will submit a story individually. The ideal number of members per group is three: one for each character.

Objectives

  • Recognize the point of view in a text.
  • Analyze the use of multiple points of view.

Duration

One class period.

Vocabulary Words Used in the Passage

  • habitat: environment in which a species can survive
  • feline: having to do with cats
  • encounter: meet; come across
  • predator: creature that hunts and kills for food
  • elusive: hard to catch or locate; able to escape notice or capture
  • specialist: someone who knows or practices one subject or skill especially well
  • hazard: danger; risk
  • dependent: relying on for survival or success


You know that a story is told from a point of view—sometimes referred to as the narrator. But did you know that there can be multiple points of view in one story?

In this experience, you will learn how a story can use more than one point of view.

Objectives

  • Recognize the point of view in a text.
  • Analyze the use of multiple points of view.


family of four riding in a car, each with a different point of view

Look at the photo. It shows a family driving in a car through a rural countryside. You might think that only one journey is shown in the photo. However, you’d be wrong! There are four journeys in the photo: the mom’s, the dad’s, the brother’s, and the sister’s. Each of them is experiencing the trip in his or her own way, with separate thoughts and feelings—a separate point of view.

Choose any one of the four points of view and describe what you think it might be. Use your imagination.


Write one or two sentences. Be sure to identify the person.

Post your answer

Have students briefly discuss their posts. Lead in to the Explore scene by telling students that in a story, each character could potentially have his or her own point of view about the events, even though the author seldom chooses to show all of them.


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