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  1. Point of View Warm Up: Explain how an author develops a character’s point of view.

  2. Two Points of View on Point of View Point of view refers to the way characters feel about various people, things, or events in a story. Point of view also refers to the vantage point or perspective from which the author tells the story.

  3. Explain how the following stories are told differently: • Once upon a time there was a princess who would have been perfectly happy except for one thing: In a moment of weakness, she had promised to marry a frog. Her father felt sorry for her, but he insisted that she keep her word. • I couldn’t believe that my parents were actually going to make me marry a slimy, ugly, bulgy-eyed frog! • The princess tried desperately to get out of her promise.

  4. Point of View • Omniscient: all knowing, narrator tells about every character • Once upon a time there was a princess who would have been perfectly happy except for one thing: In a moment of weakness, she had promised to marry a frog. Her father felt sorry for her, but he insisted that she keep her word. • First person: only know about one character, “I” • I couldn’t believe that my parents were actually going to make me marry a slimy, ugly, bulgy-eyed frog! • Third person limited: narrator tells about one character; “he”, “she”, “it”, “they”, “the princess” • The princess tried desperately to get out of her promise.

  5. Evaluating Points of View Explain the pros and cons of each point of view. Explain how an author might develop each point of view. Which point of view do you prefer? Why?

  6. Point of View in “Seventh Grade” What point of view is “Seventh Grade” told in? How do you know? Why did the author choose the point of view that he did? What questions are unanswered as a result of this point of view? How would it be different if it were told from another point of view?

  7. During Reading While reading “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros, keep a double entry journal about Rachel’s point of view (how she feels about her age, her birthday, her classmates, the teacher, etc.). Label the left hand side “Quotes”. On this side, write details or quotes from the text that reveal the character’s point of view. Label the right side “Analysis”. On this side, analyze the quotes. Explain how each one shows her point of view about her age, birthday, classmates, teacher, etc.

  8. Point of View in “Eleven” What point of view is “Eleven” told in? How do you know? How would it be different if it were told from another point of view? Why did the author choose the point of view that she did? Imagine the story were told by another character or from another point of view. Explain what you would change and how it would change the story.

  9. Extended Response QuestionIntegration of Knowledge and Ideas In the excerpt from Woman Hollering Creek, the main character, Rachel, describes her eleventh birthday and an incident with a red sweater. • Identify Rachel's point of view about the red sweater. • Analyze her point of view, supporting your analysis with TWO specific details from the text.