Reflection: Complex Tasks Who's Telling this Story Anyway? - Section 2: Setting a Purpose


Now technically determining how a narrator’s view influences plot isn’t a third grade standard. It actually is something they teach in fifth grade. But, I thought it fit perfectly with this book as the events reported really are skewed depending on who’s telling the story. And I thought the kids might do well since it was a topic they could easily relate to their own lives. It was a good way to introduce the actual third grade standard, which is determining their own points of view separate from the narrator. Once they could see how each character put his or her own spin on events and they could speak about how they might do that in their own lives, then they could easily talk about how they might see things differently than the person telling the story. I was surprised at how well students did with this topic as it is advanced and the first time we had tried it as a class. 

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Who's Telling this Story Anyway?

Unit 14: Skill and Strategy Practice with Fiction Texts
Lesson 6 of 14

Objective: SWBAT determine basic fictional elements after listening to the story, "The Pain and the Great One."

Big Idea: Students will ask and answer questions to determine the story's narrator and the impact each narrator has on the plot. Students also determine the setting of the book in order to compare it to a similar text in another lesson.

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