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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 5

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

Lesson Seeds: The lesson seeds are ideas for the indicator/objective that can be used to build a lesson. Lesson seeds are not meant to be all-inclusive, nor are they substitutes for instruction.

Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 3. Analyze elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding and interpretation

Objective f. Identify and explain how the actions of the character(s) affect the plot


The teacher should place students in small groups. Each group will receive a folder containing sections of narrative texts. Students will use their knowledge of first and third person narration and categorize the texts into those two groups. As each group completes the task the folders will be passed on to another group who will check the findings of the first group. Next each group will review both groups of passages to determine what makes a first person narration different from a third person narration. In class discussion the teacher will record the elements of each type of narration on the board.


The teacher and students should review the elements of first person and third person narratives. Next, the teacher should provide each student with a copy of the same first person narrative text. Students and teachers should read the text and highlight those details that would not be in a third person narrative. After completing the passage students should generalize the types of information that would be missing in a third person narrative. As an extension for more advanced students, discussion can continue about the more effective point of view for that particular passage.

Resources for Objective 3.A.3.f:
LESSON SEEDS | Advanced/G-T |