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Determining Author's Point of View: The Sneeches
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.
Is Mr. Wolf Really A Bad Guy?
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.
Media: Between the Lines
Learners in grades four through eight discuss, engage, and interact online to better grasp the concept of media. They will identify types of media, deconstruct media, understand how they personally use or interact with media, and work to build digital literacy skills. Two videos, a ton of great discussion questions, two activities, and a handout make this a great resource for teaching your 21st century learners.
Teaching Point of View
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.
George Washington and Frederick Douglass letters: Recognizing point of view and bias
How does background and life experience influence point of view, attitudes, and biases? To answer this question, class members examine two letters: one from Frederick Douglass to his former owner, Thomas Auld, and one from George Washington to John Mercer. While the topic of slavery is raised in both correspondences, the tone and purpose of the documents are vastly different. Readers are asked to consider why Washington’s letter displays a lack of emotional involvement with the topic while Douglass' responses are very passionate. Included in the packet are questions to guide the reading of both letters and a writing assignment.
I, the basket: Writing a first-person story as an inanimate object
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!
New! Express Yourself Lesson Seed 5
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
"The Tell-Tale Heart"- It's a Matter of Point of View
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 plan, which goes on to discuss the limitations of first-person point of view. Consider adding this lesson plan to your unit on point of view, or around Halloween to give your readers a chill!
Language Arts: Ben and Me - From the Mouse's Point of View
Students will write a short story from Amos' point of view about one of Benjamin Franklin inventions not mentioned in Ben and Me.
Hey Man...Wuz Goin' On?
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.
Elements of Narration
Through this three-day lesson, learners will develop an understanding of several elements of narration such as plot, characterization, setting, point of view, and theme. Reading several fiction texts and taking notes using dialectical journaling, your class will make analytical observations, comparisons, and ask textual questions. Using the data collected, they will present their findings in an analysis. Home connections, extensions, and differentiation activities included.
The Ethics of Outsourcing to China
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.
Little Switzerland, Legally Speaking
"What is the value of land?" "How should societies balance the needs of the community with the needs of individuals?" As part of a unit on the history and development of the Blue Ridge Parkway, young historians consider land rights issues as revealed by the battle over the Little Switzerland land purchase. Class members examine primary and secondary source materials, assume the identity of various individuals involved in the court case, and present the arguments for their point of view to the class. Step-by-step directions for this engaging activity links to sources, and assessment options are included.
A Campfire Conversation
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.
Pigs and a Wolf on a Map
Learners use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast The Three Little Pigs and other fairytales. In this compare and contrast instructional activity, students read two books aloud discussing the setting, point of view, climax and resolution. In small groups learners then fill out the Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the two tales.
A Tale to Tell!
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.
Recognizing a Message's Point of View
Students 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.
The Point in Point of View
Twelfth graders determine point of view in literature and analyze the effect it has on conflict resolution. For 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.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Diction and Point of View
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.