This product covers a skill that is often just touched upon in textbooks. Students are first introduced to first , second , and third person points of view. They then identify point of view in various sentences and then apply the skill by creating sentences in the three p.o.v.'s.
Next they are presented with four identical paragraphs and are asked to insert appropriate pronouns (from a word box) for the point of view designated for each paragraph.
NOTE: There are two separate paragraphs for first person point of view singular and as part of a group. As I writing teacher, I find that students can usually grasp the singular pronouns but have a hard time accepting we, us, our, ours, and ourselves as representing the same point of view as I, me, mine, etc.
Students then analyze the points of view through a set of thought-provoking questions.
Example: Finally, go back to page 1 of the packet and scan the second paragraph of each point of view definition (NOTE TO TEACHERS: These paragraphs connect students' experiences to points of view.) Why do you think the author decided to write the activities in this lesson in second person point of view as opposed to third person?
As the author, here is my answer as presented in the answer key:
I chose second person point of view because I wanted to establish a friendly connection with the students who will use this packet. Writing can be an intimidating undertaking, so I wanted to make students feel more at ease while learning what might be new skills to them. Also, I used second person perspective to connect students’ experiences with the information in the packet (“You use first person point of view when you…”) in an attempt to make them feel as if they are a part of the writing.
Students are next asked to revise sentences that are written in first and second person points of view to third person. NOTE: Again, as a writing teacher, I see my students struggle to replace first and second person pronouns with generic third-person words such as "people," "many," "students," "anyone," etc. This section addresses this topic directly—something I've never seen in textbooks.
Next, students are given a practice test in which they revise first and second person point of view pronouns to third in a short essay.
Finally, the packet ends with students taking a real test, applying third person pronouns to a longer personal narrative essay.
A complete answer key is provided. Very thorough lesson!
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