Third Person Omniscient Point of View

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SWBAT identify the point of view of the story teller in text.

Big Idea

Does the story teller know everything? Students analyze whose eyes the reader is looking through.

Introduction to Third Person Omniscient Point of View

20 minutes

As I introduce my Promethean Flip Chart on third person omniscient point of view, students discuss the characteristics of this perspective.  We discuss that the narrator is "all knowing" and tells the reader thoughts and feelings of all characters.  The narrator seems to have unlimited knowledge, understanding, and awareness of every aspect of the story. The narrator can access perspectives, thoughts, feelings of all characters and describe events that take place at different settings or scenes.

We analyze a few passages on the flip chart and cite examples of the characteristics of the third person omniscient perspective.

Because my students are high level readers, I decided that it is important they know how to distinguish POVs, including first, second, and third person. My students will encounter complex POVs in the higher level texts that they will read, so it makes sense to amp up teaching this standard for when they encounter the complexities of POV in their higher level texts. In fact, Common Core Standards usually addresses this concept in fourth grade, and many of my high achieving and gifted students are reading at fourth grade or higher levels.

Text Exemplars

20 minutes

I ask students to select a book that exemplifies third person omniscient point of view.  Students use a Third Person Omniscient Graphic Organizer to cite examples and write the reason these are examples of third person omniscient point of view. The graphic organizer lists the page number, sample sentences, and characteristics that classifies the sample sentences as third person point of view. Students share their completed Third Person Omniscient POV organizer with peers to share feedback with one another.

Elaborating and Reasoning

20 minutes

Students present their graphic organizer that relates to their chosen text.  They share the reasons why they classify their book as third person omniscient.  Students read a passage from the text and elaborate the reasons it supports Third Person Omniscient POV.  Referring back to text for supports is essential in the Common Core curriculum because it facilitates reasoning and delving deeper into the text for meaning.