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Students will be able to distinguish between first-person and third-person narratives.
- Show the first slide of the Narrator's Point of View slideshow.
- Ask students to raise their hands if they know the meaning of the word "narrator."
- Call on two to three students to share their definitions.
- Provide an image and a definition for any unfamiliar words in students' home language (L1) and English (L2).
- Allow students to talk to a partner before sharing their definitions to the whole class.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(15 minutes)
- Go over slides 2–4. Make sure to emphasize any key terms you encounter.
- Once you reach slide 5, ask a student to read the example aloud.
- Go over slide 6, emphasizing key terms as you go.
- Once you reach slide 7, ask a student to read the example aloud.
- Go over slide 8, emphasizing key terms as you go.
- Provide examples of picture books in first- and third-person narration.
- Provide bilingual resources such as an online dictionary or glossary for students to use to look up unknown vocabulary words.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Once you reach slide 9, work together as a class to identify the narrator's point of view.
- After about five minutes of discussion, go to slide 10 and reveal the answer.
- Provide sentence frames for students to use in the class discussion such as "This passage is told from the ____ point of view because ____."
- Have students work in pairs to determine the author's point of view.
Independent working time(30 minutes)
- Distribute a copy of the Point of View in Storytelling worksheet to each student.
- Have students work on it independently. Once time is up, review the answers.
- Assign the Wacky Writing worksheet next. Ask one half of the class to write their stories (short narratives) in first person. Ask the other half to write their stories in third person.
- Place beginning ELs with advanced ELs or sympathetic non-ELs to complete the worksheet in partnerships.
- Allow students to tell their story verbally to a partner before writing it down.
- Provide a phrase bank for ELs to use as a resource as they write the story.
- Work one-on-one with struggling students to find first-person and third-person pronouns in classroom texts. Pull them aside during Independent Working Time and identify some of the pronouns for them.
- Advanced students can be asked to rewrite their Wacky Writing stories on the backsides of their sheets. They should use whatever point of view they didn't use for the front side.
An interactive whiteboard may be used to display the slideshow. Its drawing tools could be used to circle pronouns within the slideshow.
- Have students turn in their Wacky Writing worksheets.
- Review the worksheets later to assess student comprehension of the lesson content.
- Provide a paragraph frame for ELs to use as they write their story.
- Allow students to use bilingual resources as they complete the assessment.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Read through slides 11 and 12 as a review.
- At the conclusion of the slideshow allow students to ask questions about the lesson.