Activities for Teaching Point of View

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Teaching students to understand things from different points of view is an important aspect of critical thinking. This lesson gives you some activities for teaching point of view.

Why Point of View?

To understand point of view is to understand that different people might see the same situation in very different ways. Points of view can be diverse because of culture, age, socioeconomic status, gender, or personality. Helping students understand point of view will help them become critical thinkers and more tolerant and open-minded citizens. Yet, teaching point of view is not simple; many students truly struggle to understand what it means to see an idea in many different ways. This lesson offers you activities for teaching elementary and middle school students about points of view.

Activities for Early Elementary School

These activities are ideal for students in grades k-2, who may not yet be independent readers. Students at these ages can be egocentric, so teaching them points of view involves helping them see that their own perspective is not the only one.

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