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In the Time of the Butterflies: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez is written from many points of view. Discuss the unique way she reveals the plot as well as the general benefits and downfalls of various points of view. Next, have class members write...
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The Things They Carried: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"I want you to feel what I felt. I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth." Just who is this "I"? In the third of ten-lesson unit that uses The Things They Carried as the anchor text, class members...
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The Joy Luck Club: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Discuss point of view when a novel has multiple narrators. Using the first section of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, learners analyze the characters of June Woo, An-Mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-Ying St. Clair. They write about one...
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can a novel have an omniscient narrator and still show character point of view? Explore text structure with a lesson about Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Several discussion questions encourage kids to examine the way...
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Personal Narrative Writing Prompts and Writing in First Person

For Students 6th - 9th
Part of the Read 180 curriculum for English language learners, this plan prompts writers to sharpen their skills. They select one of four listed personal narrative writing prompts to complete and respond to six questions that require...
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Establishing a Point of View in Narratives

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Your readers study first and third person point of view and then rewrite classic tales. Richly detailed, the six-part plan provides considerations for beginning, proficient, and advanced learners. Included are suggestions for...
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The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Use "The Tell-Tale Heart" to approach point of view and the impact of a narrator. Pupils find specific textual examples of the narrator's derangement and form a personality before discussing a passage to determine some plot points. Class...
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The Call of the Wild: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Examine Buck and the point of view of the narrator in Jack London's The Call of the Wild. Start off with small group discussion. The plan provides three passages for group members to analyze. Next, ask individuals to flip the...
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A Lesson in Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
If You Come Softly, Jacqueline Woodson's poignant tale of interracial love, provides the text for a study of point of view. Groups consider how Ellie's first person and Miah's third person points of view impact the story.
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Bless Me, Ultima: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"I made strength from everything that had happened to me. . ." In the third session of a 10-lesson unit study of Bless Me, Ultima, class members investigate the various, and often conflicting, forces that impact Antonio. 
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My Ántonia: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Understanding point of view is imperative when reading Willa Cather's My Ántonia. Divide your class into group and assign each group one discussion question about the points of view of various characters, as well as narrative and...
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I, the basket: Writing a first-person story as an inanimate object

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Analyze photographs and make inferences about the lives of the people depicted in them. Individuals will exhibit their understanding of first-person narratives when they then use this information as a basis for writing a children's story...
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A Wizard of Earthsea: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Take a close look at point of view by considering the narrator in Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea. Class members discuss her choice of narrator and the literary style of the book before responding to one of two writing prompts...
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The Power of Point of View

For Teachers 7th Standards
Sometimes a whole story can change based on the perspective of the person telling it. Practice identifying and analyzing point of view in various reading passages and writing assignments with a language arts packet, complete with Common...
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Identifying Narrative Perspective

For Students 3rd Standards
First and third person points of view are the focus of a learning exercise that has four practice passages that allow learners to identify the appropriate perspective. Then, they must respond and explain how they know.
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The Great Gatsby: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Thanks to Nick Carraway, readers of The Great Gatsby are simultaneously "within and without. . . enchanted and repelled" by his first person narration of the events in F. Scott Fitzgerald's story of the American Dream/Nightmare. After...
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Girls Around the World: Communicating Through First-Person Narratives

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Teams select a society to investigate and create a chart comparing and contrasting the status of girls in that society with their own. They then craft and illustrate a personal narrative written from the point of view of a girl living in...
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The Grapes of Wrath: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Point of view is the focus of the third lesson in a ten-lesson unit on The Grapes of Wrath. After a review of the third-person limited omniscient voice, the class looks at the way Steinbeck alternates specific chapters about the Joads...
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The Power of Personal Narrative

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Personal narratives are powerful things. Whether told from the first-person or third-person point of view, whether in the form of an essay, a short story, novel, or video, whether fiction or fact, they capture readers and give them...
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Marking Time

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
Two narrative excerpts tell the same story from different points of view. In the first excerpt (first person), sequencing words and phrases are bolded and learners write down what the bold type does. The second excerpt is in third...
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Voices In the Park

For Teachers 1st - 6th Standards
Explore the impact a narrator's point of view has on a story with a reading of the children's book, Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne. Written in four different voices, the story is told and retold from different perspectives to...
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Identifying Point of View 2

For Students 8th
In this identifying point of view 2 worksheet, 8th graders read 15 passages, identify the narrative perspective (from a list) then write an explanation for their choice.
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I, the basket: Writing a first-person story as an inanimate object

For Teachers 6th - 7th Standards
Don't just teach your ELA class about point-of-view, get them writing! Read the illustrated book I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket to your class and discuss how the story is told from the first-person point of view of an inanimate object: a...
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Theft

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The story Theft is about a stolen purse, compassion, and two misunderstood individuals. Young authors critically read the story to understand the events, details, and techniques used by the author to convey the narrators point of view....

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