Lesson Plan

What Does the Author Think?

Can you tell what the author thinks about this subject? What do *you* think about it? Use this resource to help your students recognize the author's point of view and establish their own.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Identify and Develop an Opinion pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.

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

Introduction

(3 minutes)
The Author’s Viewpoint vs. My Viewpoint
  • Ask students to share their opinion about waking up early. Facilitate a Think-Pair-Share by having students think about their opinions, then talk with a partner before sharing with the whole group.
  • Explain that authors have a certain point of view, or viewpoint, as they are writing. They leave clues in the text in the form of opinions and beliefs that tell us what they really think about the topic. Since they do not come right out and tell us their thoughts most of the time, we have to infer by looking at the text evidence.
  • Read aloud the learning objective and have students repeat it.

Beginning

  • Ask students to draw a smiling face or a frowning face to demonstrate their feelings about waking up early.

Intermediate

  • Pair students with a supportive partner, or one that speaks the same home language (L1), if possible.