Taking Point of View to the Next Level

Taking Point of View to the Next Level
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Ask any language arts teacher, and I bet they would agree they teach Point of View. First Person, Second Person, the tricky Third Person Omniscent and Limited...For years I had been teaching Point of View the same way: give students passages and have them identify which point of view the author used.

However, after reviewing the Common Core Standards, I realized that I needed to "bump it up." The CCSS focus on analyzing how an author presents not just a technical point of view (first, second, etc) but on how an author presents perspectives.

I created this graphic organizer to lead my students through the steps of identifying the perspectives to two different characters (or one character before/after an event), using textual evidence to support their conclusion, and finally classifying the techniques the author used to show this (did the author use dialogue? did the author use the character's actions?)

I still make sure my students know their types of Points of View, but I have found that using this organizer helps them understand how to apply the idea to more relevant topics. After all, there won't be too many times when they will be asked to identify if a client used first of third person, but there WILL be times when they need to understand the perspective the client has and why he/she has that view.

I use this when teaching The Outsiders, but I have made it general so it can be applied to any novel or story.

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