Happy Wednesday! We have reached the midpoint of the week. :D
Today, I wanted to share a writing project that my students worked on a few weeks ago. I teach in Tennessee and they recently changed the writing exam. The students have to read a text and respond by writing a narrative story. So I decided to tackle this and our point of view standards at the same time...and why not throw in some Social Studies! Gotta love integrating skills into one assignment.
We started this lesson by reading a Rosa Parks biography. You can read any picture book or passage for this lesson. As we read, we took specific notes about her experience on the bus. Then, we discussed point of view. We made a list of different people who would have enough knowledge to retell the events from their point of view. Here is what we came up with: the bus driver, another passenger, Rosa Parks heself, the police officer, and even Martin Luther King, Jr, who one student said would need to know this event to better his purpose.
After that, we discussed how each person would have a distinct point of view and would describe the events according to that point of view. We brainstormed feelings and internal dialogue for each person. Then, the students chose which person whose point of view they wanted to use to retell the events. We wrote rough drafts, edited and revised and then published! I was so excited to publish because we rarely have time for formal publishing.
I made this fun printable to help them publish. Click on the picture to get a copy today! The awesome graphics are from Teacher's Clipart!
Then we combined the printable and the story for a cute published piece for a bulletin board! Check them out!
I had to share this one because of the image! I thought they would draw the person in the circle, but some of them made the circle the face! :D
From the point of view of Rosa herself:
You may not be able to see the title, but it says "I'm Still Standing." I just love these kids!
I would love to hear how you guys tackle the skill of point of view.