Lesson plan

Two Points of View

Are your students ready to see narratives from a different perspective? This reading lesson will get students excited about discovering first- and third-person points of view.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Who Is Telling the Story? pre-lesson.
Grade Subject View aligned standards
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Who Is Telling the Story? pre-lesson.

Students will be able to distinguish between first-person and third-person narratives.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • 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.
(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.
(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.
(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.


  • 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.

(20 minutes)
  • Have students turn in their Wacky Writing worksheets.
  • Review the worksheets later to assess student comprehension of the lesson content.
(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.

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