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Activity Overview


In this activity, students will examine the narrator’s point of view and identify what it reveals about the characters using textual evidence.

In this example, the narrator knows Zlateh’s, Aaron’s, and the family’s thoughts and actions.

  • Zlateh’s thoughts and actions: “And Zlateh would scratch her neck with a horn, shake her white bearded head, and come out with the single sound which expressed all her thoughts, and all her love.”
  • Aaron’s thoughts and actions: “As for Aaron’s dreams, they were all about warm weather. He dreamed of green fields, trees covered with blossoms, clear brooks, and singing birds.”
  • The family’s thoughts and actions: “Aaron’s family and their neighbors had searched for the boy and the goat but had found no trace of them during the storm. They feared they were lost.”

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective:Create a storyboard that illustrates the narrator’s point of view and identify what it reveals about the characters using textual evidence.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment” and give your storyboard a name.
  2. In the center title box, write, "Point of View".
  3. Write "Thoughts and Actions" for 3 characters in the title boxes.
  4. Give examples from the text for each point of view.
  5. Create illustrations for each using appropriate scenes, characters, items, and text.
  6. Save and exit when you are done.

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Rubric

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Points of View in a Novel
Identify the point(s) of view in the novel:
First person point of view. First person is when “I” am telling the story. The character is in the story, relating his or her experiences directly.
Second person point of view. The story is told to “you.” This POV is not common in fiction, but it’s still good to know (it is common in nonfiction).
Third person point of view, limited. The story is about “he” or “she.” This is the most common point of view in commercial fiction. The narrator is outside of the story and relating the experiences of a character.
Third person point of view, omniscient. The story is still about “he” or “she,” but the narrator has full access to the thoughts and experiences of all characters in the story.

Create a storyboard that identifies each point of view and describes each using a written explanation and an illustration.
Proficient
25 Points
Emerging
19 Points
Beginning
13 Points
Identify the Points of View
The student identified all points of view the author employed in the novel correctly.
The student identified most of the points of view.
The student did not identify the correct point of view,
Written Explanations
Text descriptions clearly explain the points of view used in the novel and described the differences in their perspectives.
Text descriptions explain the points of view, but may lack clarity.
Text descriptions do not accurately describe the points of view.
Storyboard Images
Illustrations show scenes clearly connected to the point of view and perspective described and use visual elements to show a difference between perspectives.
Illustrations show scenes connected to the point of view and perspective described but may be simplistic or lack detail.
Scenes do not clearly describe the points of view employed in the novel.
Effort and Editing
Work is complete, thorough, and neat. Spelling and grammar are correct.
Most of the sections of the storyboard were at least attempted and work is presentable. The text contains some errors in spelling and/or grammar.
Storyboard is unfinished and/or disorganized. The text contains many errors in spelling and/or grammar.





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