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First Person Point of View. A character in the story is the narrator who tells the story. The narrator uses the pronouns I, me and we. In first-person point of view, readers learn about events as the narrator learns about them.

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First person point of view

First Person Point of View

  • A character in the story is the narrator who tells the story. The narrator uses the pronouns I, me and we.

  • In first-person point of view, readers learn about events as the narrator learns about them.

  • When I got up this morning I brushed my teeth. Then I got dressed and ate my breakfast.


Third person point of view

Third Person Point of View

  • The story is being told by an outside observer  (someone who is not in the story). The author uses the pronouns he, she, and they.

  • In third-person point of view, the author can tell about the thoughts, actions, and feelings of the other characters. 

  • The princess was locked in the tower. She had no way to escape. She hoped that a prince would rescue her. Her wish came true. He came and took her to his castle.


Teaching point of view

Teaching Point of View

  • The True Story of the Three Pigs by Jon Scieszka - told from the point of view of the big bad wolf. 

  • After reading, have students determine who is telling the truth and write a paragraph supporting why they believe them.

  • Then, have students participate in a debate between the wolf and the three pigs.


Examining point of view with where the wild things are by maurice sendak

Examining Point of View with Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

  • Before Reading: Look at the title, pictures, and skim the words. What do you think the story might be about?

  • During Reading: How does Max get the Wild Things to be still?

  • After Reading: What point of view is the story being told from?


Point of view questions

Point of View Questions

  • Who told the story? Was the narrator a character in the story? How did the narrator affect your reading of the story?

  • How would the text have changed if a different character told the story?

  • Why do you think the author chose the narrator he/she did to tell the story?


Your turn

Your Turn!

Now ask yourself:

  • What is point of view?

  • What is the difference between first person and third person?


Check for understanding

Check for Understanding

  • What is point of view?

    • Who is telling the story.

  • What is the difference between first person and third person?

    • First person: A character tells the story.

    • Third person: The story is told by an outside observer.


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