Teaching point of view in upper elementary is critical for state testing. It’s also one of my favorite skills to cover. Therefore, this year I decided to revamp my lessons. I wanted to make sure I did a thorough job of examining all aspects of point of view while keeping my lesson engaging and memorable.
- I want students to accurately identify point of view.
- Assess the speaker’s thoughts and feelings of the characters, situations, etc.
- Evaluate how the point of view affects how the story is told and what information the audience receives.
I started the unit by explaining to students how every story we read is told from a specific point of view and depending on who is telling the story we receive certain types/pieces of information.
Next we reviewed the following anchor chart. While we were going over the chart, I used a common example to illustrate the different point of views.
For example, I went to the store with my mom and bought chocolate. I was super excited to get home and eat it. Then I told the same story from the perspective of a 3rd person narrator. I emphasized how different pronouns are used depending on the point of view.
After we listened to Flocabulary’s Rap. It has such a catchy beat that we didn’t need to spend too much time reviewing 1st person is I, me, we, my, etc.
This paired perfectly with our point of view interactive notebook. We completed the interactive notebook activity in whole group, going through each type of narrator step by step. I made sure to allow enough time for students to find the correct example and glue it in their notebook.
Flap books and other types of interactive notebooks always make students more engaged and excited. We had so much fun matching the different point of views while singing Flocabulary’s rap.
On a separate day, we listened to the story of the 3 Little Pigs and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. as told by the wolf. We compared and contrasted the different perspectives of the same story. We also made connections to our own lives. For example, two students may experience and explain the same situation differently, such as an argument.
The Writing Prompts:
I typically use two types of writing prompts when discussing point of view in upper elementary grades.
1. Rewrite the story from another perspective.
2. How does the point of view affect the information the reader receives?
Finally, we master the skill during our literacy centers. My students practice point of view using task cards. It’s a great way to asses any students who are still struggling and need more practice.
If you want to differentiate for students who have mastered point of view, students could write each short story from a different perspective.
Overall, point of view went over extremely well with my students. They loved this unit and so did I. My students were able to master the skill while having fun (total teacher win). Point of view allows for so many fun activities and connections to be can be made.
How do you teach point of view in your classroom? Drop a comment below for other teachers to see! 🙂