A New Day of Learning: Point of View

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Point of View

We are working on point of view in my classroom right now.  We started our lesson yesterday by making an anchor chart that outlined 1st and 3rd person point of view.  The students brainstormed clue words that would help them identify 1st and 3rd person point of view.  For example, for first person they figured out they would see words like I, me, and we.  For third person they brainstormed the words he, she, they and it.

Next, students took out The Tale of Despereaux, our current text for universal instruction.  Working in partners, they looked for clue words that proved whether they thought the text was written in first or third person. After some discussion, we moved onto making a craftivity to put into their notebooks.  Our wonderful reading specialist gave me the idea. (I am not sure where she got it from. If this is your idea, please let me know and I will give you credit!)

The students started by tracing their hand and cutting it out.  Then they glued the middle finger and the thumb down to the palm.  This is to try and create the illusion that the finger is pointing.  Get it? POINT of view?!?


  1. On the index finger,write the definition of point of view.  
  2. Then fold the ring finger and the pinky finger in half to make flaps.
  3. On the outside of the ring finger write the clue words: 1st Person: I, me, we.
  4. On the inside write: *told by a character in the story.
  5. On the outside of the pinky finger write the clue words: 3rd Person: He, She, It. 
  6. On the inside of the pinky finger write: *told by a narrator. 

(Please excuse my oddly shaped hand and
 a picture with very bad lighting!!!)

The students had a blast making this for their notebooks! One of the best parts of the activity was that it was no prep for me! We even used up paper from the scrap drawer to trace our hands. 

Leave a comment with your ideas for teaching point of view!

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