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Point of View Demonstration Lesson: Students write their own paragraphs

Deb Hanson
Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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15 pages
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  1. This bundle of activities focuses on identifying the point of view used by an author of a reading passage or literary piece. Several activities include test prep elements. It is designed to teach upper elementary and middle school students how to analyze a reading passage for its point of view in a
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Learning Objective

Students will demonstrate their understanding of point of view by writing their own passages in first person, second person, third person limited, and third person omniscient point of view.


I came up with this demonstration lesson for my fifth grade students who were struggling to understand the 3 basic points of view (first person, third person limited, third person omniscient).

This lesson begins with a teacher and a student role playing a skit in front of the rest of the class. The teacher and student hold up thought bubbles so that the audience can silently read what the characters are thinking.

After performing the short skit twice, you write a story about the role play using FIRST PERSON point of view. You write it as a class, the teacher writing under the doc cam or on the overhead, and the students copying the story in their reading notebook or on the reproducible papers that come with this product.

Next, write the passage in THIRD PERSON LIMITED point of view, and then write the passage in THIRD PERSON OMNISCIENT point of view.

Finally, students are ready to write three POV passages independently.

This lesson has worked extremely well for students who have struggled grasping the skill of determining the point of view that the author chose to use. After the guided practice and independent practice of writing their own POV passages, they seem to be better equipped to analyze another author's writing to identify the point of view used.

*********CHECK OUT THIS BLOG POST where I explain this lesson in depth! I even have a youtube video attached that you can view! MY BLOG POST about using this lesson!


This resource is also included in my TEACHING POINT OF VIEW BUNDLE. {CLICK HERE.}


Feel free to check out my other Point of View teaching resources:

Point of View Flow Chart with 10 Practice Passages

Introduction to Point of View Power Point

Point of View Task Cards (1st, 2nd, 3rd Limited, 3rd Omniscient)

PRESENTing Differing Points of View Craftivity

Two Point of View Worksheets: Careers and Lewis & Clark

Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.


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