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 narrator for The Book Thief is an unusual choice and one that is interesting for students to analyze. Teachers can discuss the difference between a first person and third person narrator as well as the differences between limited and omniscient. Death uniquely describes his own experiences but is also able to intimately describe the thoughts and feelings of some of the characters like Liesel. After discussing Death and his role in the story, students will create a storyboard that describes what type of narrator he is, his differing perspectives, as well as give evidence from the text to support their claims.
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Objective: Create a storyboard analyzing the Narrator, Death's, point of view in The Book Thief.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Point of View vs. PerspectiveCommon Core Standards