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1st Person Point of View or 3rd Person

1st Person Point of View or 3rd Person

Author: Becky Moua

This web-based lesson focuses on students reading and determining how to tell if a story is told from a first-person narrative or a third-person narrative. This activity can be done individually.

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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6 Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

SWBAT compare first person point of view to third person point of views in different stories by reading and determining what factors indicate how the story is read. 

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Why use point of view?


The author uses point of view to show us the opinion or feelings of the individual involved in the situation.

It allows us, the readers to “hear” and “see” what is going on in a story, poem, or essay.

What is first-person point of view?

First person point of view is when the speaker talks or writes about themselves or things that happen to them. The biggest clue to find out how is the pronouns. Some examples to help you would be:

  • I, We, Me, Myself, Us, etc. 

So what is third person point of view?

The third person point of view belongs to the person being talked about. Again the pronouns are a big hint to finding out which narrative is third-person. Some examples are:

  • He, Him, She, Her, They, Them, etc. 

Person, a point of view

Here is a detailed video that helps explain the types of views.