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Point of View. A bird’s eye view of Sequoyah. Yankee Stadium. www.mapquest.com. Point of View: .  The angle or perspective from which a story is told.  It allows the reader to get inside a character’s head. . Three points of view:. First person  Second Person 

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Point of View

A bird’s

eye view of

Sequoyah


Yankee Stadium


www.mapquest.com


Point of View:

The angle or perspective from which

a story is told.

It allows the reader to get inside a

character’s head.

Three points of view:

  • First person 

  • Second Person

  • Third Person


First Person Point of View: 

The character tells the story.

Uses pronouns:

I, me, mine, ours, and us

“I checked into a hotel called the Olympia, which is right on the main street of town. I was hanging around and I got to talking to the guy at the desk. I asked him if this wasn’t the town where that kid named Maneri played ball.”


Second Person Point of View: 

Rarely used in novels.

Most TV commercials use this viewpoint.

Uses pronouns:

you, you, yours.

“You walk down 5th Avenue everyday on your

way to work. Today on a whim you stop at

the flower stall and buy a red carnation. The

saleslady helps you pin it to your lapel. You

pay her and merge back into the crowd.”


Third Person Point of View: 

Told from a narrator’s viewpoint.

Uses pronouns:

He, she, him, her, it, them,

its, theirs, his, and hers

Two types of third person:

1. Limited

2. Omniscient (all knowing)


Limited Third Person Point of View:

The narrator tells the inner thoughts

and feelings of only one character.

“Angela felt cold as she waited on the corner for the bus. After about ten minutes, the bus came to the corner where she stood. She got on the bus and then realized that she had no coins to put in the fare box.”


Omniscient Third Person:

Tells what any character in a story

thinks, feels, or does at any time.

Kurt was thinking about tomorrow’s costume

party. He had come up with an idea of what

to wear.

“Kurt, are you going tomorrow?” asked

Claire. She had a prize-winning idea that

she would not tell anyone. She smiled to

herself as she thought of the large box and

blue tissue paper waiting at home.


Guess the Point of View:

First Person

Third Person Limited

Third Person Omniscient

(all knowing)


Rewrite the following passage in first

person or in third person.

Your alarm doesn’t go off on time and

you jump out of bed and trip on your

book bag. When you finally get to the

bus stop you see the bus just turning

the corner. You missed it. You start

walking to school and realize your shoes

don’t match. You have on one tennis

shoe and one loafer.


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