Third Person Objective

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

Big Idea

Who is telling the story? How does the narrator's perspective influence the meaning of the story?

Introduction to Third Person Objective Point of View

20 minutes

To hook students into this lesson, I showed a brief video explaining the concept of ▶ third person point of view.  I introduced my Third Person Objecctive POV Flip Chart to students and generated discussions to clarify understanding of the third person objective point of view.  I show a video of ▶ Where the Wild Things Are because it is a popular story that is told in this third person objective voice.  We analyze the video and cite examples that support this objective perspective.  The author uses dialogue, actions, and scenery to tell a story directly and powerfully.

Although literary text can be written in this perspective, I explain to students that most informational text often uses this form of writing because only facts are given in the objective point of view.  It lacks intimacy because this perspective is void of feelings, emotions, and expressions.  The reader can only interpret the character's thoughts and feelings through their actions and dialogue.

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.

Current Events: Writing Objectively

20 minutes

I discuss with my students that journalists report the news and scientists write reports or research projects using objective language.  Many informational sites such as the History and Discovery channels provide great examples of this approach.  I distribute articles from scientific and other informational sources and ask students to complete a Current Events Template.  Current Events are written in the third person objective format.  Students read their articles and write an objective summary that will be shared with the class when Current Events report is completed.

Oral Presentations

20 minutes

Students share their ideas of third person objective point of view and relate this concept to reporting of Current Events from articles they chose to download from websites and read.  Their current events report were written objectively so that only facts and information are related without bias or opinion.  Students read aloud their Current Events report to share with the class.