Point of view

Lesson
Point of view
15 pages
Purpose
Learn to choose the right point of view for a story and get the most out of the choice.
Description
There's more to point of view than grammatical first/second/third person. In this lesson we consider three types of people involved in any story—audience, narrator, and characters—and we show how point of view defines the relationship between these three entities, especially with regard to who knows what. We use a variety of text snippets to explore a range of points of view: third person limited objective, subjective, alternating, omniscient, second person, and first person. And we go beyond pronoun selection to explore the narrative opportunities and limitations of each approach. The lesson contains 10 writing exercises and takes approximately 2-4 hours to complete. It will suit older middle years audiences and up, however there is so much room for discussion that teacher support is highly recommended.
Lesson type
Introduction
Genre / Topic
Point of view, First person, Third person, Omniscient, Subjective, Objective, Second person