Ch 5: Author's Purpose & Point of View: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.6

About This Chapter

This chapter is a great aid in teaching your high school students about point of view and purpose while meeting the Common Core requirement. Plus, the quizzes are good student self-assessment tools.

Standard: Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.6)

About This Chapter

Students who have mastered the ability to determine point of view in textual works will be able to accurately identify first, second or third person and voice. They will be able to analyze a written work to determine the author's purpose and intent, and then assess the effectiveness of the text. These lessons will help your students:

  • Identify point of view and voice
  • Determine both the topic and argument in a passage
  • Understand persuasive text
  • Determine the purpose of a written work
  • Assess the effectiveness of a text based on the author's style and content choices

Student mastery of these concepts is exhibited in both reading and writing. Students will have gained a deeper understanding of written works and will be better equipped to write with greater clarity and purpose. Mastery of this standard will increase student reading comprehension and enable them to both read and write at higher levels.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Here are a few activities you can incorporate into your lesson plans to help you meet the standards for the Common Core.

Point of View - It's a Matter of Perspective

The movie Hoodwinked is a great way to demonstrate point of view in a medium that students relate to and enjoy. Have students complete the point of view lessons on their own. Watch the movie in class, but stop it before the ending. As homework, ask students to write character profiles and then explain who they think is guilty, based on what they have now seen from different points of view. The next day, watch the end of the movie and discuss it.

Finding Purpose

After viewing the lessons on author's purpose, pass out a newspaper to each student. As homework, ask them to cut out articles in each of the categories you discussed. Next have them select one of each type and highlight words or phrases that help support the author's purpose.

A Revolution or a Bump in the Road?

History is a great way to show purpose and point of view in written documents. Open up a discussion in your class about the American Revolution. What do British textbooks have to say about the American Revolution? Same facts and dates - very different perspectives.

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