A Quick Lesson Plan for Teaching Point of View in Literature

(Here’s a handout for the point of view lesson plan explained below.)

The new principal, MsRunYouOff, is about to observe your classroom. From her point of view, the current staff represents long fingernails, ready to be clipped and swept under the baseboards with the papers you forgot to grade back in October.

Looks like it’s time to change her point of view with this lesson plan for teaching point of view in literature.

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You should probably have some procedures listed.

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    Read something with multiple characters or potential points of view. Since we're all English teachers here, this part should be pretty easy. Oh, and when I say read something, I'm referring to students in the class, not the teacher, although I've always found it helpful to have read what I assign my students to read. And whatever you do, don't admit to not reading something you've assigned. These short stories for teaching point of view are an option.

  2. Discuss an important scene or event in the story or novel or narrative poem or non-fiction piece of literature, or whatever it is you just read.
  3. Identify from whose point of view the event is told. Keep in mind that although an understanding of first person and third person point of view is helpful when teaching this lesson, this is not what we're talking about here. This point of view refers to a specific narrator character's point of view, also known as perspective.
  4. Instruct students to rewrite the scene from a different perspective. Examples I've used include rewriting a scene from "The Cask of Amontillado" from Fortunato's point of view, a scene from "The Story of an Hour" from Mr. Mallard's point of view, or a scene from "The Odyssey" from the Cyclops Polyphemus' point of view.
  5. Collaboration Alternative. An alternative to the assignment is to divide students into groups of four and have them write about the event from four different perspectives.
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Here are some objectives for the aforementioned teaching point of view in literature lesson plan.

RL.9-10.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

W.9-10.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

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