POINT OF VIEW IN NARRATIVE WRITING
Teaching my children in class ‘Point of View’ today , I decided to share these ideas with other teachers and children online
In Narrative writing, a narrator must be narrating from a particular point of view.
A point of view is the vantage point from which the author tells the story. We have two major vantage points
FIRST PERSON: This is where the story is told by a character in the story. In this kind of story, the narrator uses pronouns like I, me, we, us
THIRD PERSON; this is where the narrator is not a character in the story but knows what is going on in the mind of the characters, their actions, thoughts and feelings.
FUN WAYS OF TEACHING CHILDREN
Ø Ask two children to struggle for a teddy bear. Let another child come in as the teacher and ask them what happened. The class should listen to how the children involved in the struggle narrate their story to the class.
Stress the use of the pronouns: we, I, us
The teacher should call another child that is not part of the struggle to narrate the story to the class. Also stress the use of he/she, they, them and names of the children involved
Ask the children to tell you how the stories from the two narrators are different and why?
Children should know that in writing, we do not mix the two view points in a particular story
Ø Read the first paragraph of different story books and let the children identify which point of view the author is writing from. Do this together.
- Give children worksheet with beginning of different story and let the children identify the point of view, go round and check their work and make sure they are correct.
Ø Ask children to choose a point of view and write the first paragraph of a Narrative essay “A visit to the Zoo”
Children should read their work in the class and let the class identify the point of view they are writing from.
Have fun teaching...