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Students frequently get confused about the difference between literary point of view and perspective. In this packet students will be given detailed instruction on the four different literary points of view: first person, limited third, omniscient, and objective. Then students will look at several passages from Ender’s Game and identify the point of view of each.
Following an activity on literary point of view, students will then change focus and look at perspective in literature. There is a brief activity using quotes from Ender’s Game to help students become comfortable understanding perspective. Then students will look at a single piece of text written from two different perspectives. The passages come from two of Card’s novels, Ender’s Game and its parallel text, Ender’s Shadow, which Card wrote from Bean’s perspective. Students will need two different colored highlighters and a pen or pencil for this activity.
After that, students will answer some questions, either individually or in small groups, which will lead to a whole-class discussion on the impact of point of view and perspective on a piece of text. Encourage students to justify their opinions/comments with textual evidence.