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Ch 6: Analyze Point of View: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6

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Make use of our video lessons as your students explore point of view in selected readings. Consider using our suggestions on how to incorporate these lessons into your classroom.

Standard: Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.

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Students who have gained mastery of this standard are able to determine the point of view used in reading selections, in addition to using various viewpoints in their own writing. When analyzing, they are also able to project how the tone or the mood of selections might be different, if told from various points of view.

Lessons in this standard cover concepts such as:

  • Understanding first-, second- and third-person points of view
  • Strategies for determining omniscient, objective or limited viewpoints
  • Ideas for differentiating between verbal, situational and dramatic irony

Students demonstrate mastery of this standard when responding to literature selections. They also use various points of view in their own writing pieces. Mastery of this standard supports both college and career readiness because being able to understand point of view gives students stronger reading comprehension and communication skills.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Here are some ideas for using these lessons to support instruction in the CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6 standard:

Point of View Strategy Lessons

After watching the video lessons, review point of view. Show pictures to the class of individuals in varieties of situations. Ask the students to brainstorm thought bubbles for the various pictured characters, illustrating how their viewpoints of each situation may be different. Discuss how an onlooker's point of view may be different, yet.

Reading Strategy Lessons

Divide the class into small groups, giving each group a short reading selection. After reading their selections, challenge the groups to determine point of view and justify their answers.

Writing Strategy Lessons

Allow students to choose their own writing topics and assign them various points of view from which to write their pieces.

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