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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 6

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 i. Identify and explain the point of view


Before students read a narrative text, the teacher will review with students the different types of point of view. As students read they will record what they learn about characters, setting, and plot through the narrator's vision. After reading, student will work in pairs with their notes to determine the correct point of view. Evidence gathered during their reading must support their decision. Students and teacher should discuss correct responses and then extend the discussion by explaining how the text would change if the point of view changes. An extension for more advanced students would have students retell a selected portion of the text with a changed point of view.


After students have read a third person narrative, the teacher should select a character and ask students a series of questions about this character. Some of these questions should be those that can be answered from text, but others should be questions that could be answered only if this character were the narrator. Students and teacher should then engage in discussion about the limitations and benefits of a third person narrative. An extension of this activity would have students discuss how the text would change were that character the narrator. This discussion should also focus on the limitations and benefits of first person narration. Student could decide which narration would be best for this text.