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Is the wolf from "The Three Little Pigs" really big and bad, or is he just misunderstood? To analyze the effect of point of view, middle schoolers read Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and evaluate the information as they read. They identify the author's point of view and identify another point of view, which they elucidate in a narrative. Additionally, they create a story map about how the author's point of view colors what they write about.
Determine the author's point of view in a text. Young readers read Dr. Seuss' The Sneeches and identify the author's purpose in the story. They identify persuasive techniques in writing, asking and answering questions to better comprehend the text. As homework, they write about a propaganda technique they found. Two handouts are included.
Seventh graders explore point of view. In this literature lesson, 7th graders compare and contrast the views of slaves and a doctor in The People Could Fly, retold by Virginia Hamilton and The Passing Cloud -- The Southern Negro by David Morrill.
Building on the previous activity in this series of lesson seeds, this plan focuses on the use of dialect in Theodore Taylor's novel, The Cay. Class members examine specific lines of text, use their reading journals to respond to the reading, watch an excerpt of the film adaptation, and rewrite an interaction between Phillip and Timothy, changing the point of view and using dialect. While this is called a lesson seed, there is plenty of material for a full one-to-two-day lesson
How does the point of view of Poe's protagonist in "The Tell-Tale Heart" contribute to the suspenseful tone? Help your middle schoolers identify the point of view in a literary work with this lesson, which goes on to discuss the limitations of first-person point of view. Consider adding this lesson to your unit on point of view, or around Halloween to give your readers a chill!
Students rewrite passages from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to change diction and point of view. In this The Adventures of Tom Sawyer lesson, students discuss various viewpoints and use of diction. Students then rewrite a passage from the novel to show a different viewpoint and style of diction.
Young scholars study the physical, mental, and social health benefits of regular exercise while attempting to recognize the point of view of media messages. They read an article and discern ways in which they can make regular exercise a part of their lives.
Twelfth graders determine point of view in literature and analyze the effect it has on conflict resolution. In this point of view lesson, 12th graders read a children's story and discuss the point of view of the story. Students find alternative fairy tales online and create comparison chart for the two stories. Students write a reflective paragraph about the topic.
An effective argument must be backed up with supporting details and facts. Sixth graders use The True Story of the Three Little Pigs to formulate a personal opinion of the wolf's portrayal of the events. They compose a persuasive letter in defense or defamation of the wolf, using supporting details and evidence from the text to substantiate their opinions.
Do newspaper journalists always remain objective, or can you see evidence of their opinion in the text? As a group, read the passage Birds of Prey. There are signal words your kids should look for (seems, believe, likely, etc.). Using these clues, your readers will decide how the author feels about the topic.
After viewing clips from a documentary on factory work in China and US outsourcing, learners have a fishbowl discussion. They work in groups to build both personal points of view and strong arguments on the effects of outsourcing in China. This lesson includes excellent resources and wonderful discussion questions intended to engage learners in building an economic and global perspective of US business overseas.
Experience how a story can drastically change when the point of view is altered. Young scholars first read a review of Disney's film Tarzan, focusing on how the point of view in the classic story is important. They then select another popular children's story and rewrite it from the perspective of a character whose voice was not heard in the story's original form. From the New York Times' superb Learning Network series.
Students examine point of view as it relates to public issues. In this point of view lesson, students become familiar with the point of view of John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt about the wilderness. Students debate if the wilderness should be preserved.
Students examine an editorial point of view in journalism and explore how this contributes to the West's understanding of events in the Middle East. They discuss the concepts of objectivity and subjectivity, and how tone and vocabulary, point of view, sources, and position and length of a story may reveal subtle biases in the news story.
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.
United Streaming Video’s A Boy, A Dog, and A Frog provides viewers an opportunity to write from the point of view of one of the characters in the tale. Half the class is assigned the role of the boy while the other half assumes the point of view of the frog. Participants take notes on the actions of their character while watching the un-narrated video and then write the story told from this point of view. The richly detailed plan includes a graphic organizer example, cross-curricular extensions, community connections, and rubrics.
Young journalists write two to four diary entries from the point of view of a person involved in a historical event. They focus on including facts, clear narration, and accurate description of the individual's feelings. Use this instructional activity in a cross-curricular writing assignment between language arts and U.S. history, or to bring emphasis to the importance of descriptive writing.
Students examine the relationship of man and nature as portrayed in Stephen Crane's, The Open Boat." The third person, omniscient point of view, the depth of character analysis found in the story, and the emotions evoked by the author form the focus of t
Ninth graders alleviate confusion about characters in this novel by participating in a role play activity. They further discuss point of view, theme, and stereotypes.
Students closely read " To Build a Fire," to explore the use of narrative point of view and debate the distinction between knowledge and instinct. The elements of literary naturalism and how they relate to Jack London's work is examined in this lesson.