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. The narrators for Return to Sender allow the reader to view the story from two different points of view. Julia Alvarez chose to tell the story from the perspective of both Mari and Tyler, using alternating chapters giving a voice to both the family from Mexico and the family from Vermont. With this activity, students will create a storyboard identifying the differences in narration in the story and how they influence the story. Teachers can discuss the difference between a first person and third person narrator as well as the differences between limited and omniscient.

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Objective: Create a storyboard analyzing the narrator's point of view in Return to Sender.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the point of view of the narrators (Mari and Tyler) from Return to Sender.
  3. In 1-3 cells, use evidence from the text to describe the narrator's point of view.
  4. Add appropriate characters, scenes and items to illustrate your points.
  5. Write a description for each cell.
  6. Save often.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

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/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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