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First- and Third-Person Point of View

Use this lesson to help your ELs understand which pronouns to use when writing from different points of view. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as a support lesson for the *My View as an Ant* lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the My View as an Ant lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to define characteristics of both first- and third-person narrative styles.

Language

Students will be able to orally explain a narrative with first-person pronouns using sentence stems and a graphic organizer.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
Point of View PronounsPoint of View Practice: Two Misbehaved MothsGraphic Organizer Template: Concept WebGlossary Template Write Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceTeach Background Knowledge TemplateVocabulary Cards: First- and Third-Person Point of View
  • Access prior knowledge of point of view by reading aloud a short paragraph. Then, have students draw a quick sketch of the narrator on a white board. For example, "When I walked into class, I saw a new student. The new girl looked just like me. She was busy working, but she seemed nervous. I wanted to talk to her later. I knew how it felt to be the new girl. It’s not easy!"
  • Tell students that they just worked to identify the point of view, or who is telling the story. There are two types of point of view narration: first-person and third-person.
  • Share that the students will analyze new words, sentences, and a paragraph to help them understand how to identify the point of view in a story. They will also write a first person narrative.