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55 Minute Lesson Plan

Samantha Mercer and Jennifer Bowman


October 21, 2015
English/Grade 10
Determining Who with Point of View
College and Career Ready Standard: ELA-910.RI.6
Hello class in todays lesson we will be going over the different types of point of view.
Our Objective is: The students will apply critical thinking methods to determine an authors
point of view in a given text.
Determine an authors point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses
rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.
Anticipatory Set:
To start off, I would like you to think back to when we read the novel The Great Gatsby by F.
Scott Fitzgerald. In the following passage, In my younger and more vulnerable years my father
gave me some advice, which of the following choices best describes the narrators position in
the novel. Please choose the best answer and write it on your sheet of paper. Be prepared to share
and discuss why you chose that answer with the class.
a) The Narrator is telling the story as it is happening to them using. (I, Me, My)
b) The Narrator is not a person but rather an all seeing being.
c) The Narrator is there but can only describe the story from one characters POV
and narrator knows only what the character knows. (he, she, they)
d) The Narrator is using this text as a measure of instruction. (You, We, Us)
Students will be called on randomly using the Popsicle stick method and will share their answer
with the class and how they came to that answer.
Auditory Signal:
Silent Hand Raised Method - Instructor raises their hand silently as a cue for the class to become
silent and give the teacher their attention. They will show reciprocate the silent raised hand to
show they have received the cue.
Today we are going to learn how to determine the authors point of view. Please take notes
during the lecture today your graphic organizer that you picked up on your way in, because you
will be responsible for this information on our upcoming unit exam next week.

Information:
Students will go through a teacher led Power Point lesson. Each slide will breakdown one of the
fours types of point of view with an example of that particular point of view.
The slides will be broken down by type: (I do)
Teacher will instruct the students on the content provided in the powerpoint slides as
students take instructed notes in their graphic organizers
Please write down the definitions in your graphic organizer.
First person point of view - First person is used when the main character is telling the story.
(Uses I, Me, My)
Second person point of view - Second person point of view is generally only used in
instructional writing. (Uses you)
Check for Understanding:
Using the popsicle stick method students will be chosen randomly to answer the following
questions:
What is the major difference between 1st and 2nd person POV?
Information cont:
Now, we are going to jump into the 3rd person points of view. There are 3 different types of 3rd
person POV so be sure to pay close attention to the differences between them.
Third person objective point of view - The fly on the wall perspective or camera lens
approach that records all of the observable actions within a narrative. This point of view does not
interpret these actions, or rely on a characters thoughts or internal motivators. This type of
narrative mode, outside of fiction, is often employed by newspaper articles, biographical
documents, and scientific journals.
Third person limited point of view - The narrator only knows what that character knows.
Third person omniscient point of view - The narrator knows things that others don't, can make
comments about what's happening, and can see inside the minds of other characters. (He/she/it)
**In the center of the Graphic Organizers, please fill in the different types of point of view
from the powerpoints. Please hang on to this note sheet as we will finish filling it in next
week as we get further into point of view.
Check for Understanding:
Using the popsicle stick method students will be chosen randomly to answer the following
questions:
1) How do we identify 2nd person point of view?
2) What is the difference between 3rd person limited and 3rd person omniscient?
3) If I was telling the story as it happened to me, what point of view would that be?

Designed Activity: (We Do)


The students will be able to use their previous knowledge and note sheet on the material as a
reference. The students will physically show their understanding of the content by responding to
the teachers question. Students will do this by walking to different areas of the room that are
labeled with the different types of points of view discussed. Each student will be responsible for
providing an explanation of why they chose their answer.
The teacher will assign each corner of the classroom with one of the different points of view that
were previously reviewed. Each corner will be labeled clearly to avoid confusion. The students
will have 30 seconds to decide which corner best represents their answer and must walk to that
corner of the room. When the time is up the teacher will use the silently raised hand cue to
regain their attention. Once the students have reached their corner and given the teacher their
attention the students must be prepared to explain why they chose their answer.
Check for understanding:
Using the popsicle stick method students will be chosen randomly to answer the following
questions:
How do you answer the questions asked by teacher?
Should you be able to explain your answer?
What is the signal to stop talking and be ready with your answer?
How long should it take to find your corner?
Now, the teacher will ask the following questions as the students walk to their designated
answers.

Questions to be asked:
After the students walk to their answer, the teacher will use the popsicle sticks to randomly
select a student to discuss why they chose that answer. (Multiple times if one or more people are
in different groups.
Questions:
1) I am not sure what time my party should start - 1st person (I, my)
2) Your test results came back negative, much to your relief. - 2nd person (Your)

3) As she spent her days trying to think up creative ways to avoid him, Jack was
planning out creative ways to ask her to the school dance. - 3rd person omniscient (allknowing).
4) Jill was scared to admit she liked Jack, and feared his reaction more than
anything. She spent her days avoiding him, too embarrassed to even speak with him.
What if he hated her? - 3rd person limited (we only know what Jill is thinking/feeling).
5) Elizabeth was a daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn.
3rd person objective (Just the facts, not thoughts or feelings).
Check for understanding:
Teacher will use popsicle sticks to call on students to check their knowledge of the content
taught with the following questions:
Now that we are a little more comfortable with the content can someone explain to me first
person point of view?
Can you explain to me second person point of view?
Can you explain third person limited point of view?
Can you explain third person omniscient point of view?
Can you explain third person objective point of view?
Excellent, now before we jump to our closure for the day please take out your agendas and
write down your homework assignment for tonight. You will be responsible for this
tomorrow and it is due at the beginning of class.
Teacher will pass out homework sheet (individual practice)
Reminder: Please hang on to your graphic organizers and to review before our exams.
Ok, now we are going to conclude todays lesson with our closure.
Closure:
Using a piece of paper, students will construct a sentence using one of the points of view we
discussed in class and write which point of view they chose on the top of the sheet. Please hand
in your paper as you leave class for your exit ticket.
Assessment:
Fill in the blank - give the answer for the term that is defined below:
1. An outside narrator that remains a detached observer, telling only the story's action and
dialogue is __third person objective_____ .

2. A narrator that has unlimited knowledge and can describe every character's thoughts and
interpret their behavior and the narrator seems all-knowing is _third person omniscient__ .
3. Writings that draw you in by using the pronoun "You" use _____second person_____.
4. A narrator that tells a story from the viewpoint of one of the characters in the story ___third
person limited___________.
5. A story told by one of the characters; uses the pronoun I; The character is recounting his/her
own experiences or impressions uses __first person______.
Answer Options:
Third person limited
First person
Third person objective
Third person omniscient
Second person
Multiple Choice- circle the answer that best matches the example given:
6. And when you wake up on your eleventh birthday you expect to feel eleven, but you don't.
a. second person b. first person c.third person
7. Bert, the evil trapper, heard the parrot talking and decided to capture it.
a. first person b. third person c. second person
8. Only today I wish I didn't have only eleven years rattling inside me like pennies in a tin BandAid box.
a. first person b. third person c. second person
Materials Needed:
Paper
Pencil
Powerpoint
Graphic Organizer for notes