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Activity Overview


In this activity, students will examine the author’s point of view and identify ways this view is unique in understanding elements of the story.


First person point of view - we see everything through Marty’s eyes

  1. “I put my face down near Shiloh’s again, my mouth next to his ear. ‘Live, Shiloh, Live!’ I whisper.”

  2. David sees the pen and notices the blood on the ground, so Marty tells David about Shiloh and how he was attacked.

  3. Marty blackmails Judd; he agrees to keep quiet about the deer and will do twenty hours of work in exchange for Shiloh.


The narrator tells the reader his inner thoughts and feelings.

  1. "A lie don’t seem a lie anymore when it’s meant to save a dog, and right and wrong’s all mixed up in my head."

  2. Marty thinks about holding up a sign that says, “FREE: WORLD’S BEST DOG”.

  3. “I bend over, my forehead against him, my hand on his head. He’s dead, I know it! I’m screaming inside.”


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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Point of View vs. Perspective

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/6] Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

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