Change the Point of View: First Person and Third Person

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How is a story different when told from various points of view? Learn about first and third person points of view with an activity based on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Readers examine a passage written in first person, then change it to third person.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a writing activity about point of view, or when beginning a unit on Treasure Island
  • Choose an excerpt from the novel or have individuals choose an excerpt from a novel you're reading in class and ask individuals to convert the passage to a different point of view 
  • Have readers reflect on the ways the impact of the story changes when written in third person point of view
Classroom Considerations

  • Some of the worksheet is in color, but should still be readable when printed in black and white
  • Incorporates passages from Treasure Island, but does not require knowledge of the novel
  • Comes with an answer key, but since the activity is based on learners' answers, it isn't a vital part of assessment
Pros

  • An engaging way to teach the different points of view
  • Provides explanations of each point of view at the top of the page
Cons

  • Doesn't involve additional activities beyond the rewriting section
Common Core