FIRST PERSON POINT OF VIEW When the author tells a story about himself or herself (like in Cirque du Freak)they are using the first person point of view. When the character is speaking throughout the story using “I” or “me” the character is in the first person point of view. CLUE WORDS: “I,” “me,” “my,” “mine” I think this is such a great book. Mrs. Brown was right. I can’t put it down.
THIRD PERSON POINT OF VIEW When an author uses the third-person point of view, he/she is telling the story about the characters. CLUE WORDS: “he/she,” or “him/her” Lydia was trying to make her brother laugh. So she tickled him with a feather.
THIRD PERSON OBJECTIVE The narrator is reporting what is seen. Does NOT know any thoughts or feelings of person/people being reported. The biggest clue to this type of point of view is the narrator only REPORTING. CLUE WORDS: him, her, he, she, they, them, their. EXAMPLE: The boy was sitting on the park bench.
THIRD PERSON LIMITED The narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of one character. (Luke in Among the Hidden) CLUE WORDS: he, him, her, she, it, his EXAMPLE: When her boyfriend did not call her, she was so angry that her eyes were bulging out.
THIRD PERSON OMNISCIENT The narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of two or more characters. CLUE WORDS: him, her, she, it, they, them, their EXAMPLE: Gabbie was very sad because her pet mouse was hit by a bus and Elina was in such shock she couldn’t speak
Why does an author choose a point of view when writing a story?
An author spends time planning what to write. As part of his/her pre-writing, he/she thinks about which point of view to use. It adds depth. It makes it interesting. It makes sense For example, if the author is writing about him or herself, he/she would use the first person in order to express his or her ideas so that you are able to understand that one person’s point of view. When the author chooses to write from many points of view it is because the author is adding depth to the characters and the story.
CHECKING FOR UNDERSTANDING I love to teach seventh grade reading. I want my students to find excitement in reading. From which point of view is the sentence in the box written? A.Third Person Omniscient B.First Person C.Second Person
FROM WHICH POINT OF VIEW IS THE SENTENCE IN THE BOX WRITTEN? Mrs. Brown loves to teach seventh grade reading. She wants her students to find excitement in reading even though they think they don’t like to read. A.Third Person Omniscient B.First Person Omniscient C.First Person D.Third Person Limited
JOSH WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE HE DID NOT RECEIVE AN “A” ON HIS TEST. From which point of view is the sentence in the box? A.FIRST PERSON B.THIRD PERSON OMNISCIENT C.THIRD PERSON LIMITED D.FIRST PERSON LIMITED
IF YOU WROTE, “C” THIRD PERSON LIMITED.... YOU WOULD BE CORRECT!
A NARRATOR IS THE ONE TELLING THE STORY Now that we know the types of point of view, let’s discuss further from whose point of view a story is written. You may be asked, “From whose viewpoint is the story written?” You would need to decide which character is telling the story (the author or a character in the story).
NOW YOU TRY... From whose viewpoint is the following poem told from and which point of view is it? Eddie Edwards Eddie Edwards runs around He never shuts up. He never sits down He teases the girls, he cuts in line. He never makes it to school on time. ~ Carol Shields
From whose point of view is the following story and in what point of view is it told? The Big, Bad Wolf The big, bad wolf was picking his nose, The little pig’s tail fell down Rumpelstiltskin forgot his name Cinderella tripped on her gown. ~Carol Diggory
How can different points of view change a story? Everyone sees, thinks and understands differently. A story told from one person’s point of view will be different from another person’s point of view. For example: Let’s talk about Cinderella. In the original story, the narrator is able to tell about the feelings and thoughts of Cinderella and all the other characters. This makes it Third Person Omniscient. In that version, the narrator tells us that Cinderella thinks the prince is so handsome and she falls in love. But what if Cinderella told the story.... I really didn't notice that he had a funny nose. And he certainly looked better all dressed up in fancy clothes. He's not nearly as attractive as he seemed the other night. So I think I'll just pretend that this glass slipper feels too tight. As you can see, maybe she doesn’t think he is so handsome after all.