Point of View. What is point of view?. Point of view (POV) is the way the author allows you to see and hear what's going on in the story or text. 3 Types of Point of view. 1 st POV 2 nd POV 3 rd POV. 1 st POV.
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What is point of view? • Point of view(POV) is the way the author allows you to see and hear what's going on in the story or text.
3 Types of Point of view • 1st POV • 2nd POV • 3rd POV
1st POV • First Person - the story is told from the perspective of a character in the story. • The narrator is part of the story and can only talk about what they know or see. • The author uses words like, “I,” “me,” and “we.”
Example of 1st POV in literature • The choice of first person, generally makes the writing very personal and engages the reader closely with the events. A personal narrative would be written in 1st POV. • Examples: • Iwalked quickly down the street with mybest friend. • When Iarrived at my surprise party I couldn’t believe all of the people that were there just to see me!
Examples of 1st POV in Nonfiction • The use of the plural form of the first person (we) is often used by writers to include the reader in factual writing. • Example: • Weshould all take responsibility for our planet.
2nd POV • Second Person - the story is told to the reader, making you (the reader) a character in the story. • The author uses words like, “you” and “your.” This is the rarest point of view used in literature. • This point of view is usually found in “how to” books, cook books, letters, speeches, and advertisements.
Example of 2nd POV in literature • Using the second person, narrators engage the reader and ask them to participate in the events or feelings. • For example: • Youwould be really scared too! • Yourlegs would be crammed up against the seat in this type of theatre.
Example of 2ndPOV in nonfiction • 2nd POV is most commonly used to explain how to do something, or used to persuade the reader to do something. • Examples: • First you mix 2 cups of flour with water. • The time is now for you to take a stand against global warming! • Advertisements YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS DEAL! You can join Fitness World today for $9.99! Fitness World is your Leader in quality work out equipment!
3rd POV • Third Person – the narrator is telling the story but is not a character in the story. • The author uses words like, “they,” “he,” “she,” “it,” or “them.”
Example of 3rd POV • 3rd POV is when the narrator is telling a story as an outsider. • Examples: • They walked down the street unaware of what was ahead. • She was the fastest on the team.
POV Summary • I come first • You come second • They come third • First personSecond personThird person • I, we you he, she, it, they • us you him, hers, it, them • my, mine, ours yours his, hers, its, their, theirs