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In this personal narratives worksheet, students are given 4 writing prompts for a personal narrative and are directed to write about a time they spent with family members, or write about a time they learned to do something new, or write about something they do for fun. Students then answer 5 fill in the blank questions where they provide first person pronouns to complete sentences.
Part of the Read 180 curriculum for English language learners, this plan prompts writers to sharpen their skills. They select one of four listed personal narrative writing prompts to complete and respond to six questions that require them to review how to write with a first person point of view.
Analyze photographs and make inferences about the lives of the people depicted in them. Individuals will exhibit their understanding of first-person narratives when they then use this information as a basis for writing a children's story from the perspective of an inanimate object. Creative and engaging way to practice first-person writing!
Fourth graders identify the point of view. In this point of view lesson students compare and contrast the point of view from third person omniscient and first person. Students rewrite a paragraph in an alternative point of view.
Students read a New York Times article to examine strong first person voice in essays about reading. They write their own first person essays about some aspect of reading, participate in peer review, and re-writing.
Students read and discuss a chapter from the book "A Dog's Life," focusing on the point of view of the dog in the story. They explore dog rescue organization websites, and play the online game "Bone Travels On," creating a story map and telling their version of the story from a first-person point of view.
“First-Person Narratives of the American South,” a collection of primary source materials, offer class members a chance to compare the views of two women who experienced Major General William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea. Using the provided worksheet, groups focus their comparisons on the women’s views on slavery, their experience of the march, or their beliefs. For the male perspective of this event a link to the journal of George Washington Baker is provided. 
Fifth graders identify first and third person points of view in literature. In this point of view lesson students compare the point of view in different pieces of literature, some telling the same story. Students write a first-person narrative about an event in their life. Students also write a third-person narrative about an event that happened to one or two other people.
The words I, me, and my are the first clues learners will use as they are introduced to identifying first person point of view. First the class charts word clues that usually indicate first person, then they read a story as a class and practice identifying point of view, and finally they complete a point of view worksheet to reinforce the concept. 
In this writing worksheet, learners focus on first person point of view as the read a selection entitled, "Tornado." They underline and record sentences from the selection that show first person point of view. They write ideas for a personal story that will be written in the first person.
Don't just teach your ELA class about point-of-view, get them writing! Read the illustrated book I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket to your class and discuss how the story is told from the first-person point of view of an inanimate object: a basket. Use the included worksheets, pictures, and research activities to get your class further exploring this style of creative writing. By the end of these four days of planned activities, your young writers will be able to tackle their own first-person narrative!   
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez is written from many points of view. Discuss the unique way she reveals the plot as well as the general benefits and downfalls of various points of view. Next, have class members write their own pieces, playing with point of view as they narrate a personal experience. 
Students examine perspectives of the Civil War. In this Civil War lesson, students read first person narratives of the Civil War from 2 women on the homefront. Students compare and contrast the narratives of the women with one another. Students may also compare them their points of view with that of a male.
Ever wish you had a packet that would support your learners as they prepare to write a narrative text? This comprehensive and well-scaffolded packet provides multiple support ideas for engaging learners in the narrative writing process. It includes ideas to write about, a five-day breakdown of the writing process, an editorial checklist, and two worksheets. The worksheets focus on using details to support a main idea and organizing a story by outlining the beginning, middle, and end. Just print it and use it!
Sixth graders explain what a point of view is. They list two different types of examples of third person point of view and identify the difference between a third person limited and third person omniscient . Additionally, they read a piece of a story and identify the point of view and record reasoning how they found it. Materials to support are included.
Students identify a pivotal event in world history that they would have liked to have witnessed. They then research this event and write a first-person account of it as if they had been present. Their first-prerson account is modeled after an article they read by Richard Berstein on events in Afghanistan.
Start kids thinking about point of view and autobiographies by telling them a short story about your morning (first person), and then asking a volunteer to re-tell the story to you (second person). There are tips to help you tie this anticipatory activity into the nonfiction genre, and kids explore six types of autobiographies using a graphic organizer. They learn about how to identify a book as an autobiography using book features like the back cover summary. There are sample covers included that you can display or hand out, asking kids to look for genre clues. Writers synthesize these concepts by using one of four sentence starters to write a memoir of their own, taking on one of the autobiography types that resonated with them. There are six sample autobiography excerpts included for guided practice. Which words clues readers in to the genre?
Learners define first, second, and third person point of view. They listen to the same poem written from the first and then the third person point of view, and identify common words and features apparent in each version. Then, they independently read poetry and label the point of view of each poem.
In this subjective pronouns learning exercise, students determine singular and plural pronouns referring to first person, second person, and third person nouns. Students complete fifteen activities.
A creative spin occurs when one pupil acts as author Ann M. Martin. Using a Q & A at the back of her book A Dog's Life, other classmates ask the "author" questions. They discuss the reasons why they know the book is from a first-person perspective. Next, individuals write a tale told from an animal's point of view. They then create a computer-generated story using what they've written.

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