Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.
Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- summarize the events in Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne
- define, identify, and distinguish between different points of view in writing
1.5 to 2 hours
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.
- Copies of the book Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne
- A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated lesson
- point of view
- first person point of view
- second person point of view
- third person point of view
- multiple first person
- third person omniscient
- third person limited omniscient
- objective point of view
- Begin by reading the book Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne aloud to the class, pausing to show the class the corresponding illustrations.
- Review the events of the story in a brief class discussion.
- How are the characters connected?
- What differences exist between characters?
- Play the video lesson Point-of-View: Definition & Examples, pausing at 00:55.
- As the video lesson is playing, write the following terms on the board: 'point of view,' 'first person point of view,' 'second person point of view,' and 'third person point of view'.
- With the video paused, review the definition of each of the terms with the class.
- Have students review each of the speakers from the book. Can they identify their points of view? Discuss this for a moment before continuing.
- Play the rest of the video lesson for the class now.
- As the lesson is playing, write the following terms on the board: 'multiple first person,' 'third person omniscient,' 'third person limited omniscient,' and 'objective point of view'.
- Review the meaning of each of the terms with the class. Can they identify the one that is reflected in Voices in the Park?
- Pass out the worksheet to the class now and have the students work independently to complete them.
- Divide the students into four groups. Group One will be the first person point of view group. Group Two will be the second person point of view group. The third group will be the third person point of view group. Group Four will be the third person limited omniscient group.
- Instruct each group to rewrite Voices in the Park from their assigned point of view.
- When all four groups have finished changing the book to their assigned point of view, have them take turns reading their new versions aloud to the class to demonstrate the various points of view.
- Ask students to write simple sentences reflecting each of the points of view presented in the video lesson.
- Have students analyze points of view in their favorite stories.
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