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Lesson Plans
Point-Of-View Study
3rd–5th Grade
Objective Objective

CCSS Reading/Literature: RL.3.6
  • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the character or those of the characters.
Materials Materials Needed
Introduction Introduction

Read aloud (or allow students to silently read) Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin.

Procedure Procedure

  1. Point out to students that the author chose to tell the story from the point of view of the worm. Tell them that this was the writer’s humorous way to tell a story and also incorporate actual facts about the characteristics, behaviors and experiences of a worm. Explain that this technique allows us to imagine what it would be like to see, feel and experience events from someone (or something) else’s perspective?or point of view.
  2. Tell students that you would like them to compare and contrast themselves and their own points of view to the worm’s point of view in the story.
  3. Give each student a copy of the Points-of-View Compare/Contrast Chart.
  4. Read the directions aloud. Then complete the worm’s portion of the chart together as a class, inviting students to refer back to the story to support their answers.
  5. Encourage students to complete the chart by filling in their responses, representing themselves and their own point of view.

Independent Practice Independent Practice

  1. Explain to students that you would like them to extend their skill at identifying someone else?s point of view by writing their own imaginary diary from the point of view of an inanimate (nonliving) object.
  2. Provide students with the Diary of a ________ page. Encourage them to choose an object and take on the task of writing the diary entries from the point of view of that object. Explain that, in their responses, they should make believe that these objects can think, see, hear, feel, taste and smell, just as though they were living things.
  3. Encourage students to be creative in their thinking and have fun with the assignment!

View the 3rd–5th Grade lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)
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