Michelle Helt
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Upper Primary
3, 4, 5
  • English Language Arts
  • NE ELA
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Perspective
  • Point of View
  • Voice
  • ne-ela
  • voice
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    Say’s Who? 1st, 2nd, 3rd Person Point of View

    Say’s Who? 1st, 2nd, 3rd Person Point of View


    In this lesson, you will be discussing the different points of view.  The points of view we will be focusing on are 1st person, 2nd person, and 3rd person point of view.  You will be able to identify the point of view in the given text or video and provide evidence supporting the point of view.  



    LA 3.1.6.B Identify and describe elements of literary text (e.g. characters, setting, plot, point of view).

    LA 3.1.6. I Construct and/or answer literal and inferential questions and support answers with specific evidence from the text or addtional sources.


    Introductory warm-up activity.

    Point of View in literature refers to whose view the story is told from.  Click on the the Point of View Rap and watch it.  


    You will learn what 1st, 2nd and 3rd person are and how to identify each.  You can pick and choose to read or watch the topics listed.  Then take that info and complete the do section.  

    Students will need a white board and marker to share their answers to each question presented in the presentation. Be prepared to pause before moving onto the next slide to allow students time to answer. You may or may not wish to present the entire slide show, depending on the depth of understanding students will need for point of view.





    Picture of Camera

    Understanding Point of View  Slide Presentation




    Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.

    Three texts have been included, but any three texts that demonstrate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd point of view will work.


    Given the chart and three excerpts, sort each excerpt according to the point of view, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Defend your choices with evidence from the text.  


    Students will make a connection between point of view and author's perspective. Once students have written their responses, they will need time to share with a partner.

    Read The Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton OR

    Listen to The Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton


    Once you have listened to or read The Tale of Two Beasts, determine the point of the view of the story, supported by evidence from the text. 

    Answer the following question: Why is understanding the point of view in this story so important? How does understanding the point of view help you better understand the characters in the story? Provide evidence to support your answers.


    Complete this wrap-up activity where you reflect on your learning.  

    For this next part, think about how you would teach point of view to another person.  What would you tell them?  Why is it important? Write a paragraph describing what you have learned and why it is important to identify point of view as a reader.