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Activity Overview

In this activity, students will examine the author’s point of view and make inferences based on details from the text. There are three unique aspects in this text: periodically, the narrator speaks directly to Saxonberg; it is unclear who the narrator is until chapter eight; and the narrator ends up being one of the main characters in the story: Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler!

Text examples of each of these are:

  • "The game was nothing very complicated, Saxonberg... They played war, that simple game where each player puts down a card, and the higher card takes both."
  • "In fact when they emerged from the train at Grand Central...Claudia felt that having Jamie there was important."
  • And that, Saxonberg, is how I enter the story. Claudia and Jamie Kincaid came to see me about Angel.
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Type of Activity: Point of View vs. Perspective

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/6] Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard showing the author's point of view Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify the points of view in the story - thoughts and feelings count!
  3. Find a quote that illustrates each point of view.
  4. Illustrate the quote with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

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