Narrative Point of View

 Before students write their narrative, it is necessary to decide what point of view they will take to tell their story. Will it be the first-person narrative point of view or the third-person narrative point of view? Or even the second-person narrative point of view (although rarely used). 


In order to write from one narrative point of view, students must first know what each point of view entails. 

The Three Main Points of View

Narrative point of view


Point of View Pronouns

Students also need to know the pronouns they need to use to write from this specific point of view. Be it first-person pronouns when writing a personal narrative, or third-person pronouns when writing a third-person fictional narrative.

Once students are familiar with the different narrative points of view, the next step would be to have students practically apply their gained knowledge by identifying the different points of view in the context of a sample text.


First person and third person point of view

Now that students have a clear idea of the different narrative points of view together with the use of specific pronouns, it's time for them to practice writing from each narrative point of view.

Writing From A Point of View

Given a writing prompt, students can change from a third-person narrative point of view to a first-person narrative point of view.


Or from a first-person narrative point of view to a third-person narrative point of view.


First person and third person point of view

From writing narrative points of view on given sentence prompts, they can extend their writing skill to writing paragraphs on a given topic by adopting a specific narrative point of view.


First person and third person point of view

Point of View Quiz

Finally, giving students a fun quiz would be an effective way to gauge students' understanding of the different narrative points of view.


First person and third person point of view


Narrative writing point of view

Now that students have a thorough understanding of the different narrative points of view, they can be more confident about choosing the right point of view when writing a personal narrative, an opinion essay, or a third-person realistic fictional narrative. 

Narrative Point of View Resource

Looking for all these steps when teaching the narrative points of view? You'll find them in this print and digital resource (Google Slides). 


Both US and British English spellings included. 


And a bonus Boom Cards Deck comprising of 40 cards. 


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Until next time...


3 Ways to Teach Poetry

National Poetry Month in April is perhaps the best time to celebrate poets and their poetry and also teach poetry to your students.


You'll find your Bio Poem freebie at the end of this post. Keep reading... πŸ‘‡πŸ»


Bio Poem Type

 

But poetry doesn't need to be taught only during National Poetry Month.


If integrated into the daily curriculum, it is an effective medium of promoting literacy and also a medium whereby students express themselves unreservedly.


Besides, reading a poem aloud to the class at the start or end of the day creates an appreciation for the elements of poetry, namely rhythm, and rhyme.


So here are three main ways that we can teach poetry and inspire a love for poetry in our students not just during National Poetry Month, but all year round.

Teach Poetry With Inspiration From Nature

Much of writing poetry stems from the stimulation of our senses. So, for students to get inspiration for their poems, take them outside - away from the four walls of the classroom and out into the great outdoors.


Poetry in nature


Mother nature has her way of bringing out the best of human emotions and this is the moment when students will understand the poetic devices of simile, metaphor, personification, and the rest.

Teach Poetry Through Dance

To target your kinesthetic and visual learners, you can teach poetry through dance and movement.

writing poems through nature


Students will be able to derive meaning from poems when they are performed.


Through the dance teaching methodologies, students will learn to appreciate a poem's form, content, narration, and style.

Teach Poetry Writing Explicitly

For students to enjoy poetry, they need to be explicitly taught how to write poetry. I have found that by scaffolding the structure of different poem types, students have a better understanding of poem content leaving more room for creativity.

 

Teaching poetry types to celebrate National Poetry Month

 

Some of the popular poem types are: cinquain, diamante, haiku, acrostic, limerick, bio poem, about me poem and others.


The best part is that students get to compile an anthology of all these poem types. This is definitely a valuable keepsake for them to cherish, appreciate poetry, and above all a creative outlet for their thoughts to become words.

πŸ‘‰πŸ» You will find the bundle of 15 different poem types here. Both print and digital templates included.