Point of view can be fun and easy to teach! This complete, differentiated unit teaches students to identify first-, second-, and third-person pronouns; discriminate between literature written in first person and third person; and write paragraphs to explain point of view. You’ll have everything you need for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment.
• Lesson plans
• Instructions and table for teaching subject and object pronouns
• PowerPoint presentation: Determining Point of View
• PowerPoint presentation: Defending Point of View
• Poster with steps for defending point of view
• “Tree House” (an excerpt from Swiss Family Robinson*)
• Themed response sheet for “Tree House”
• “Alice and the Caterpillar” (an excerpt from The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland*, adapted at three reading levels)
• Themed response sheet for “Alice and the Caterpillar”
• “Back to the Widow’s House” (an excerpt from Huckleberry Finn*, adapted at three reading levels)
• Themed response sheet for “Back to the Widow’s House”
• “The Sea Chest” (an except from Treasure Island*, adapted at three reading levels)
• Themed response sheet for “The Sea Chest”
• “The Journey to Oz” (an excerpt from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz*, adapted at two reading levels)
• Themed response sheet for “The Journey to Oz”
• Rubrics for Determining and Defending Point of View
• Generic response sheet
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1. Introduction/Review of Pronouns – The unit opens with an introduction (or review) of pronouns. Tables are used to clarify subject and object pronouns.
2. Direct Instruction and Guided Practice of Determining Point of View - An interactive PowerPoint presentation models the process of determining point of view. First- and third-person excerpts from well-known children’s books serve as motivational examples (and students have fun guessing the name and author of the book from which each excerpt came). After the modeling session, students try their hands at determining the perspective from which a story is told. Six more short excerpts are presented for analysis, and once again students have the opportunity to name the book and author.
3. Independent Practice of Determining Point of View - Students complete two worksheets. The first asks them to indicate whether each of ten short passages are written in first or third person. The second requires students to determine point of view for two longer passages and justify their answers.
4. Direct Instruction of Defending Point of View - In a second PowerPoint presentation, determining and defending point of view are modeled through analysis of two short conversations (one first person and one third person). For each text, students name the characters and decide whether any of them are telling the story. Steps for writing a strong topic sentence and defending point of view with evidence from the text are then modeled.
5. Guided Practice of Defending Point of View - An excerpt from Swiss Family Robinson* is provided for guided practice.
6. Independent Practice of Defending Point of View - Excerpts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland*, Huckleberry Finn*, and Treasure Island* provide prompts for further analysis. Each passage has been adapted at three reading levels (advanced, average, and low). This content differentiation allows you to reach all students in your class with one lesson.
7. Assessment of Defending Point of View - A final passage from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz* may be used for extra practice or assessment.
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• RL.4.1 Answering Questions Lesson Plans
• RL.4.2 Finding a Theme Lesson Plans
• Summarizing Unit, Grades 4 & 5
• RL.4.3 Describing a Character Lesson Plans
• RL.4.4 Words from Mythology Lesson Plans
• RL.4.5 Prose, Drama, and Poetry Lesson Plans
• RL.4.6 Determining and Defending Point of View Lesson Plans
• RL.4.9 Comparing and Contrasting Folklore
• Literature Assessments - Grade 4
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Common Core State Standard Reading: Literature 4.6 (CCSS RL.4.6)
Indiana ELA Standard for Literature 4.RL.3.2
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