Grade: all

#414. Point of View

Reading/Writing, level: all
Posted Sun Apr 26 17:20:23 PDT 1998 by Kimberly Carter (
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Materials Required: The Three Little Pigs, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, additional examples of point of view
Concepts Taught: point of view and perspective

Point of View

Students will:
1. Demonstrate an understanding that the point of view is determined by the author.
2. Demonstrate an understanding that different points of view exist
3. Demonstrate an understanding that people have different points of view about a topic.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Three Little Pigs, Venn diagram, example of first person point of view, example of third person point of view

Read The Three Little Pigs.
Discuss who is telling the story and from what view.
Introduce The True Story of the Three Little Pigs as the same story told from the wolf's point of view.
Read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.
Compare and contrast the two stories using a Venn diagram.

Read a short selection told in the first person point of view.
Read a short selection told in the third person point of view.
Compare and contrast the two selections. Ask probing questions such as:
Who is telling the story? Where is the author? Do these stories tell us the thoughts of all of the characters or just the main character?
Define first person point of view and third person or omniscient point of view.
Ask what point of view The Giver is told in.
In triads, students need to rewrite an event in The Giver from Lily's point of view. List some possible events. (ex. When Jonas's number is skipped at the ceremonies, when Jonas's parents send Lily away to talk to him privately, when Jonas is given the assignment with highest honor and respect, what Lily is thinking when Jonas is thinking when Jonas lays his hands on her trying to give her memories, etc.)

Collect and read the rewritten events from the book.
Tell students that what they just did was change the point of view.

Assessment will occur while students are working in triads, as well as, collecting and reading the changes in point of view.