First Person Point of View

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Objective

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

Big Idea

Is the author part of the story? Students analyze whose eyes the reader is looking through.

Introduction to First Person Point of View

20 minutes

Students view a video of a story told from a first person point of view. I chose â–¶ movie of "Because of Winn Dixie" because it features the protagonist narrating the story in first person.  I ask student to listen to the pronouns being used and relate them to the definition of the first person point of view. However, we also discuss that over-relying on pronouns may lead to a false conclusion.  For example, we discussed the book we read in a prior lesson entitled:  The True Story of The Three Little Pigs.  At some points in the story, the pronouns changed from I to he (when the Wolf was telling about other characters in the story), but it was still told from the Wolf's perspectives.  So, I again stressed that the voice of the narrator over-rides the pronouns used.

After the video presentation, we discuss the characteristics of first person point of view.  I remind students of the Promethean Flip Chart we reviewed on Day 1 (Introduction)  and focused only on the first person portion of the Promethean Flip Chart. We also watch a First Person Point of View video.  Through reciprocal teaching, a student reviews the characteristics of first person point of view, as shown in this video of first person summary.

Because my students are high level readers, I decided that it is important they know how to distinguish Points of View. My students will encounter complex Point of views 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 point of view 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.

Story Analysis

20 minutes

I distribute the book, Because of Winn Dixie, and students are paired to analyze the book for evidence of first person point of view.  Students use a First Person Graphic Organizer to find evidence that this story is told by the first person point of view. I ask students to share their First Person Winn Dixie Graphic Organizer and discuss text evidence that supports that this book is written from the first person point of view.

Application of Learning

20 minutes

Students apply knowledge gained from the first part of this lesson to search our classroom library for stories that depict first person point of view. Students find text that is told from a first person perspective, using the guidelines for characteristics of first person point of view. They create a presentation on story paper, as shown in sample of first person point of view. Students explain why they think their selected story is told from the first person point of view.  Sharing their findings and elaborating on the reason for their chosen text gives opportunity to practice what they learned.  Also, sharing knowledge with peers deepen their understanding of this concept.