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Activity Overview

Understanding a book's point of view is something that helps students better understand the story, and how the POV can differ from the narrator. Point of View (POV) refers to who is telling or narrating a story. A story can be told from the first person, second person, or third person point of view. First person is when “I” am telling the story. The character relates their experiences directly. Second person is when story is told to “you.” Third person limited is about “he”, “she", or "they". The narrator is outside of the story and relating the experiences of a character. Third person omniscient is when the narrator is “he”, "she", or "they", but the narrator has full access to the thoughts and experiences of all characters in the story.

After reading the book and discussing the point of view, students can create a storyboard that describes what type of narrator(s) the story has and the perspective(s) in the story. They should give evidence from the text to support their claims.

To scaffold or tailor this activity, teachers may choose to fill in text or illustrations and have students fill in the blanks. They may also have students define what each point of view is in addition to describing what it is. Be sure to update the student instructions as necessary!

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a storyboard analyzing the narrator's point of view in the story.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the point of view of the Narrator or narrators and write it in the heading.
  3. Add appropriate characters, scenes and items to illustrate the point of view using examples from the book.
  4. Write a description for each cell using evidence from the text to describe the narrator's point of view.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level --- N/A ---

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Point of View vs. Perspective

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/6/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


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