I often emphasize that just as we use tools to help put together a piece of furniture, we use cognitive tools to help our brain piece together new information! Using close reading tools to better make sense of the text has gone a long way in my classroom. Understanding & identifying POV can be pretty tough for my third graders, so I pieced together these simple reading tools you can use for almost any reading unit.
- Have a special spot in your classroom for "cognitive tools" like a tool box, drawer, or center bin. I have a drawer with many "tools" all labeled according to what skill it belongs to.
- I provide my students a blank 1st and 3rd person POV journal insert GO. Throughout an intro unit we have an author study or a picture book study. In this study we analyze many different short stories and piece together exactly what 1st vs. 3rd person POV is.
- I provide the 1st, 3rd person omniscient, 3rd person limited to my higher readers. This can be a pretty tough concept BUT provide a whole new world of opportunities to understand multiple perspectives.
- For students who may not have the best of handwriting or simply lose their POV inserts (we've all been there) I always have a "teacher" copy of the inserts available. These are also included!