A critical skill students need to know in order to better comprehend a text is understanding the author's viewpoint. This interactive Smartboard lesson will show students how authors' words make a difference. Models are given to help students see the author's perspective, opinion, or issue on a topic. As guided practice, students can highlight words in passages that help them find the author's viewpoint (following slide shows answers). After reading another passage, an interactive question/answer slide is shown to model viewpoint questions on standardized tests. As an independent practice, the last slide gives step-by-step instructions and shows an example where students write a poem about a holiday from their perspective. These can be displayed on a bulletin board with a drawing of a magnifying glass labeled "Take a Look" or "The Way I See It." This is a comprehensive lesson to teach author's viewpoint.
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