Get results with powerful point of view practice. First, address the basics with two worksheets. Then present longer differentiated passages in two formats: multiple choice or constructed response.
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, these activities are classroom tested and kid approved. They are also a part of the Fourth Grade Literature Skills Bundle, which addresses all fourth grade literature standards.
2 Determining Point of View Worksheets - Two worksheets provide practice. On the first page, students respond with “1” for first person and “3” for third person. The second page requires brief justification.
Differentiated One-Page Passages*
All passages have been adapted from their original form to accommodate fourth and fifth grade readers. Four of the texts are also differentiated for multiple different reading levels – high, average, and low. This way, you can reach all of your learners with the same story and activity.
- “Tree House” from Swiss Family Robinson (This excerpt is used as an example. Only one level is provided.)
- “Alice and the Caterpillar” from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- “Back to the Widow’s House” from The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin
- “The Sea Chest” from Treasure Island
- “The Journey to Oz” from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- Option 1 – For this option, students respond directly on the page. At the bottom of each passage, students respond to the question “From which point of view is this story told?” by circling FIRST PERSON or THIRD person. This format leaves larger white spaces between paragraphs. Therefore, students can write comments as they annotate, or mark up the text, to provide evidence.
- Option 2 – These response sheets ask kids to construct a paragraph that determines and defends theme. Students write a topic sentence to express the point of view. Then they add detail sentences that explain with evidence from the text. Two versions are included: with and without a guiding checklist.
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Like each of my fourth grade literature skills units, this resource is available in three formats:
- PowerPoint – for teachers who want a clear introduction to the standard
- Practice (this resource) – for teachers whose students need extra work on the standard
- Unit – *best value* for teachers who want a complete learning cycle: direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment (PowerPoint, practice, additional resources, companion website, and paperless Google option included)
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*One-page passages have been adapted from texts that are now in the public domain and can be copied freely.
- CCSS RL.4.6 – Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
- Alaska Reading Standard for Literature Grade 4 – Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including how the use of first or third person can change the way a reader might see characters or events described.
- Florida CPALMS LAFS.4.RL.2.6 – Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
- Indiana Academic Standard 4.RL.3.2 – Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
- Nebraska English Language Arts Standard LA.4.1.6.b – Identify and describe elements of literary text (e.g., characters, setting, plot, point of view, theme).
- Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts 4.3.R.2 – Students will infer whether a story is narrated in first or third person point of view in grade-level literary text.
- South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards Indicator 4-11.1 – Compare and contrast first and third person point of view; determine how an author’s choice of point of view influences content and meaning.
- Texas TEKS 4.6.C – Identify whether the narrator or speaker of a story is first or third person
I’m committed to continual improvement. This product was most recently updated and enhanced on August 25, 2018.