What's the Point of View?

Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 1 hour

Topic: Character Point of View

Grade Level: 7

Objective: Analysis

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.6

Brief Description: Students will analyze how an author develops and contrasts points of views of characters in a text.

Know Before You Start: This lesson will help students understand how characters in a fictional text can have varying points of view.

What's the Point of View? - Exemplar comic, panel 1 What's the Point of View? - Exemplar comic, panel 2 What's the Point of View? - Exemplar comic, panel 3 What's the Point of View? - Exemplar comic, panel 4

Hook:

  • Read the sample comic. Discuss how each character has a different point of view regarding the damage to the house. How might these differing views cause problems for these roommates? 
  • Discuss an event within a familiar fictional text. Have students compare and contrast each character’s unique point of view regarding the event. 
  • Explain how authors use character point of view to develop the story. 

Activity:

  • Ask students to read and analyze a fictional passage in order to understand the characters’ points of view. 
  • Students will create a comic demonstrating each character’s point of view regarding an event in the story.

Closure: Extend the learning by having students discuss their comics and write a written reflection of how the author used character point of view to develop the story or novel read.

Differentiation:

  • Pre-teach vocabulary (compare, contrast, points of view, event, theme)
  • Provide a venn-diagram for students to use to compare points of view.
  • Allow students to work with a peer model
  • Provide sentence starters when necessary

Resources:

  • Example comic to print or display: Comic 
  • You will need a familiar text to use as an example. 
  • Students will need a fictional passage to read and analyze.