Point of View Teacher Resources
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 will write a short story from Amos' point of view about one of Benjamin Franklin inventions not mentioned in Ben and Me.
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.
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.
Fifth graders identify stereotypes of Indian people based on perceived characteristics. They discuss the misconceptions. Students define quality of information and give an example from the story "Seaman's Journal: On The Trail With Lewis and Clark." They define what is meant by "author values," such as those that are shown in the story.
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.
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!
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
Students use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast The Three Little Pigs and other fairytales. In this compare and contrast lesson, students read two books aloud discussing the setting, point of view, climax and resolution. In small groups students then fill out the Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the two tales.
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.
"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.
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.
Your class has finished reading The Cay. Now what? Try out this idea, which invites learners to examine the author's values and how they relate to the novel. Pupils watch a quick video about the author and take notes in a provided graphic organizer. They then relate these notes to the novel and write about the relationship they've discovered between the author and his writing. Consider working through the graphic organizer together to more fully scaffold the assignment.
Students examine point of view as it relates to public issues. For 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.