What is it? • Imagine the author sitting in front of a blank computer screen. The author’s viewpoint is the very reason the author types anything at all on his/her computer! • It is the big WHY question about life that the author is trying to answer for you! • For example…
Why did Aesop write the fable about the tortoise and the hare?
He wanted you to know that success in life isn’t only what you’re good at. It’s also steadily working toward your goal without getting off track that helps you succeed!
So how do we know what the author’s viewpoint is, anyway (and why should we care?)
If we figure out the author’s views, we can understand what he/she wrote! • Of course!
The Author’s Language. • The words the author uses gives us clues about how the author feels about life’s issues! • For example, if the author was describing America using words like: honor, cherish, treasure, and proud…we can infer (infer means piece the clues together) that the author’s viewpoint about America is…
If an author used the following words to describe the beach: cold, bitter wind, nauseating smell of fish, shrieking seagulls…we can infer (piece the clues together, remember?) that the author’s view about life at the beach is…
The story’s illustrations • Use the pictures that are in your story as clues of the author’s views about life. For example, in a story about factories, if you saw pictures like these, what would you infer (put the pieces together, you know?) about the author’s views about factories?
In Conclusion: • The author’s viewpoint tells us why the author bothered to write the story in the first place. • It is the author’s view about life. • You can tell what the author’s viewpoint is by looking at the words he/she used. • You can use the illustrations to figure out the author’s viewpoint.
Now ITS YOUR TURNYAY!!! • Use the author’s viewpoint organizer (page 32) and the story you read in your anthology to figure our your story’s author’s viewpoint!