Point Of View Lesson Plan

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This lesson is designed to allow students to understand and appreciate different points of view. It affords the student the opportunity to see how their perceptions and those of others affect how one reacts to other people, circumstances and events.
Age Group: 10-11

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By the end of the lesson students should be able to:

  • retell a story from the point of view of one of the characters
  • create alternative endings for traditional stories
  • show respect for the perspectives of others

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Discussion,Dramatisation, Written assignments

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Read the following resources. Pay special attention to ....

Wikipedia svg logo-en.svg  Point of view
The narrative mode (also called narrative voice, narrative point of view, or mode of narration) is any method through which the author(s) of a literary, theatrical, cinematic, or musical piece, conveys his/her/their story to the audience. It refers to through which person's perspective the story is viewed and, also, how it is expressed to the audience. Whomever this person is, he or she is regarded as the "narrator," a character developed by the author for the specific purpose of conveying the story.).

This extract is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. It uses material from the article "Point_of_view_(literature)", retrieved 7 November 2008.

Types of Point of View

First person point of view

  • The story is told through the eyes of one characters in the story.
  • Pronouns such as I and We are used.
  • The reader only experiences what that one character portrays and thus feels a personal connection to the character.
  • It becomes difficult to analyse the truth of the story as no other perspectives are given.

Third person point of view

  • In the third person objective point of view the narrator simply describes the scene without imposing opinions or biases.
  • The pronouns he, she and they are used
  • The thoughts, words and feelings of the characters are known

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Students will:
  1. Engage in think alouds
  2. Literature circles
  3. Complete compare and contrast graphic organisers

  1. Rewrite traditional stories from the point of view of another character


Two teenagers went to a Pop Concert. One thought that the band had a very lively and entertaining session. The other condemned the performance as boring and lacking in originality. Give reasons which may account for the differences in opinion.

A Closer Look At The Texts

Unlike the above scenario where personal preferences may cause biases, the author of a book can manipulate the thinking of the reader by writing in a particular manner.

  1. Examine the traditional story of the Three Little Pigs. Determine the point of view from which this story is written.
  2. Examine the language used in the story and determine how the narrator has led us to classify the wolf as the villian.
  3. Evaluate whether prior knowledge of wolves adds realism to the actions of the particular character.

In Literature Circles have students review the True Story of the Three Little Pigs.

Literature Circle assigned roles:

  • Summarizer - prepares a summary of the books for quick reference
  • Discussion Director - Formulates questions about the books worth discussion
  • Passage Picker - Selects areas in the books work reviewing
  • Connector - makes connections between the books

For Discussion

  1. Identify similarities and differences between the stories and record them
  2. Does the wolf's story seem credible. How is this achieved? What evidence is there to discredit the story?

Follow Up

  • How can understanding point of view be applied to real world context when interacting with others.
  • Select another traditional story and rewrite it from the point of view of one of the characters.
  • Dramatise the recreated story