Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Middle Grades: Lesson on Understanding Point of View

It is important to understand the difference between a protagonist and an antagonist. A protagonist is the character that drives the story and has to climb the mountain so to speak. The antagonist is the character who creates a problem for the protagonist. Generally, the readers like the protagonist and dislike the antagonist.

Now, along with knowing the characters of a story it is also important to understand point of view.
CCRL.6.6: Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speak in a text.

EQ: How to identify the point of view in a story, and understand how that affects the meaning of a text?

**Students will write the following definitions in their vocabulary notebooks.**
Every story has a narrator.
  • A narrator is the speaker who tells the story to the reader.
  • The two main types of narration are first person point of view and third person point of view.
  • A first-person narrator is a character within the story, speaking from his or her own point of view and using pronouns I, me, and my.
  • A third person narrator is an unnamed story teller who is not part of the story. The pronouns used are he, she, and it, along with other possessives.
  • A second person narrator will talk to the audience directly, using you to address the reader. This type of narration is often used in giving instructions.

**Students will fill in the graph while watching the following video clips. I will prompt them through it, and use the elements from the clips that I find most useful.**

Find the graph at the following link:

List of Clips:


Summarize: Students will have to write a paragraph summary of the three types of narration to turn into me.

Application: Students will have to pick a strip of paper out of a hat. The strip will have either first-person narrator, second-person narrator, or third person narrator. Students will have to write a story based off the selected point of view.

I will have a few writing samples on hand if needed for the students to look at, if needed.

1 comment:

middlegradesteacher said...

This lesson worked well for my advanced class. I allowed them to choose a point of view to write from, and they only had 8 minutes to write. However, that was enough to get them going. I told them that I was going to read their stories tonight, and choose which ones I thought represented the different point of views best. They could share their stories with the class tomorrow. That also gave them more incentive to write.

My low class did not get to this lesson at all today, due to so much make up work. We focused on catching them up. We did read from our class novel.