This complete, differentiated unit provides point of view passages, activities, writing, and assessment. Kids learn to determine point of view, defend it with evidence from the text, and consider alternative perspectives. You can choose from two parallel files. Option 1 (multiple choice) asks students to choose between first and third person then mark up the text to provide evidence. For Option 2 (constructed response) requires kids write paragraphs to explain point of view. Both options include opportunities for writing from different perspectives.
Let’s take a look at all of the components included in this bundle.
Lesson Plans & Tentative Schedule
- The lesson plans spell out objectives, differentiation, higher order thinking skills, and instruction. For both options, a tentative seven-day schedule moves students through this sequence:
• Day 1 – Teach/review first, second, and third person pronouns. Show the first PowerPoint presentation, Determining Point of View. Ask students to practice with two worksheets.
• Day 2 – Read “Tree House” together. Collaborate to determine and defend point of view. (Students using Option 1 learn how to annotate the text to provide evidence. Those who are constructing responses watch a second PowerPoint that models the process.)
• Day 3 – In six small groups, students collaborate to rewrite “Tree House" from different perspectives.
• Day 4 – Independent Practice 1: “Alice and the Caterpillar”
• Day 5 – Independent Practice 2: “Back to the Widow’s House”
• Day 6 – Independent Practice 3: “The Sea Chest”
• Day 7 – Assessment: “Journey to Oz”
Would you like to spend more time writing from different perspectives? Just stretch the unit to 11 or 12 days.
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Teaching Notes and Handout for First, Second, and Third Person Pronouns
- A one-page narrative explains how to teach kids about singular and plural pronouns. The handout features a table listing first, second, and third person pronouns. It makes handy reference guides for this unit.
Determining Point of View PowerPoint presentation
- The presentation opens with a review of pronouns in first, second, and third person. Then kids jump into the action by analyzing of 11 short excerpts from well-known children’s books – and guessing the name and author of the book. Learning has never been so much fun! The presentation was created with an interactive style to engage your class. To see everyone’s response, just ask kids to hold up one or three fingers to signal first or third person perspective.
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.
5 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 three 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 for guided practice. 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
Defending Point of View PowerPoint presentation
- This presentation explains and models the process for constructing a response (Option 2). Using two brief passages, it takes students through determining point of view, writing a topic sentence, and supporting with evidence from the text.
• 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.
Writing from a Different Point of View
- Five different opportunities for considering and writing from a different point of view are embedded in both Option 1 and Option 2.
• “Tree House” – In six small groups, students write the story from different points of view: the mother, Fritz, Ernest, Jack, Franz, and third person.
• “Alice and the Caterpillar” – Students write the story from Alice’s perspective.
• “Back to the Widow’s House” – Kids consider the widow’s perspective.
• “The Sea Chest” – They change the text from first to third person.
• “The Journey to Oz” – The excerpt is changed to Dorothy’s point of view.
- After providing guided practice with the first story and independent practice with three more, you can assess students’ progress with “The Journey to Oz.” A rubric for grading constructed responses is included.
• Point of View Picture Books – Reading and discussing picture books is the perfect way to reinforce this skill. This list of 12 first person and 12 third person books will get you started.
• Point of View Questioning – Not sure what to ask? This one-page list of questions will come to the rescue! Pick and choose from a variety of questions to meet your students’ needs. Questions focus on reviewing pronouns, determining point of view, defending point of view, and taking it to a higher level.
• Point of View Fun – As kids write in from a character’s perspective, let them wear some fun glasses. It lets them actually write “as the character sees things through his/her eyes.”
• Shaking It Up – After some practice, determining point of view will get easier. That’s when you want to shake it up. Try a book written in second person. Or throw in a story with a mixed perspective. This will really get kids thinking!
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich
, this activity is classroom tested and kid approved. It includes Point of View PowerPoint and Worksheets
, as well as Point of View Practice Pack
. There’s no need to purchase them separately!
Fourth Grade Literature Skills File Drawer
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• Answering Questions Unit
• Finding a Theme Unit
• Summarizing Unit
• Describing a Character Unit
• Words from Mythology Unit
• Prose, Drama, and Poetry Unit
• Determining and Defending Point of View Unit
• Comparing and Contrasting Folklore Unit
• Literature Assessments - Grade 4
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*One-page passages have been adapted from texts that are now in the public domain and can be copied freely.
I’m committed to continual improvement. This unit was updated and enhanced on July 15, 2017.