Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Teaching Point of View Through Writing

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.

Jennifer

22 comments:

  1. Love this idea of integration. I am just now really getting into teaching writing and have no idea how to teach revising. Any suggestions??

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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    1. We do a revise and edit challenge every Friday. The students choose a piece that they have finished or nearly finished. We spend 5 minutes (I time them) doing nothing but revising and editing the story. I made a T Chart in the room of things they should be doing when they revise and when they edit.

      Hope this helps!

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    2. I love the idea of a revise and edit challenge!! What a great way to make revision consistent--I think I need to do something like that to make it a more common occurrence in my classroom!

      Shannon--I found revision completely daunting at first. There's a book called "Making Revision Matter" by Janet Angelillo that literally saved my writing instruction my first few years! I still use it allll the time--it's got so many good strategies and mini-lessons that help make revision really clear and concrete.

      Good luck! :)

      Blair

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  2. We have been talking about point of view a lot, so this is perfect. We are focusing more on MLK, but I pulled a passage from Readworks on Rosa Parks just so we can do this.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack

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    1. April, we did an MLK one last week as well. This was writing from the point of view of an audience member at one of his speeches! They are finishing them this week.

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  3. Okay, this is just amazing! LOVE this idea. Point of view is so fun to teach. I have the students write the three little pigs from the wolf's point of view in first person. I LOVE how it turns out. Thanks for sharing.
    -MrHughes

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    1. Love that idea! I always like reading the book from the wolf's point of view, but I need to have the students writing their versions, too! Maybe we will do that next week! Thanks!

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  4. What a great way to make writing authentic and purposeful! I'm also intrigued by the writing test. It seems like it should get better results with reading a text and then writing. I'm passing this along to my friends still in the trenches. :)

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    1. Pamela, it is actually a little trickier. In the past,I could get a student reading on an L or K to pass the writing test. This year, I am not so sure. They have to be strong readers and writers. But, we will see how they do in February!

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  5. These are so cute Jennifer! You did an amazing job on this and they turned out so stinkin' cute!

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  6. Mr. Hughes usually let's me take over the point of view lesson but since the standards have changed, I'm not sure I'll be teaching it this year.

    Shannon, as to how teach revising, Mr. Hughes does a great job on that. You may want to email him and get the skinny on what methods he uses. As an author, the revision process is different for each of us, but if you would like me to virtually visit your class via Skype and add a little insight I would be happy to do so. You have to really teach editing and revising at the same time because you can't really revise without editing first. Just let me know if you would like an author virtual visit and we will set it up. Mrs. E :-)

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of the JGDS, 50-state, mystery, trivia series
    http://jgdsseries.blogspot.com
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    Author of Finally Home, a middle grade/YA mystery
    http://elysabethsstories.blogspot.com
    http://eeldering.weebly.com

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    1. I definitely agree that revising and editing go hand in hand!

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  7. I love this idea, Jennifer! I love using such an important topic for a writing piece. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

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    1. It really inspired some awesome writing. I teach inner city with almost 100% minority races and they really get into this subject. Some of their stories were the ones that make you put your hand to you heart because they are so moving!

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  8. We read a great book today that fits perfectly with point of view. It's called If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks.

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  9. Great activity! Taking someone else's point of view is so hard for some kids. Choosing a story in civil rights to do it was a smart move because so many kids can relate to feeling like they've been wronged; I'm making a mental note of this!

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  10. This is such a great idea! I plan to pass it on to some of the teachers I work with. With Common Core, we are hitting POV pretty deep. We are reading a variety of books and discussing whose POV is the story told from and how the story might have unfolded differently from another person's POV. A chapter book that is absolutely perfect for POV is Tuck Everlasting. If you haven't read it, it is about a girl who finds a stream that contain water that will give you everlasting life. She meets a family who is trying to keep the stream a secret. Winnie (the girl) is faced with the decision of whether to drink the water or not. Each member of the Tuck family shares their feelings about living forever. It's amazing story. After reading it, I always put a cup of water in front of each student. We review each characters' feelings about everlasting life and then I give them the choice to drink the water or not. Surprisingly, most choose not to.
    Thanks for sharing this great idea. :)
    Antoinette

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  11. Love this one!! We did this with a Titanic novel and the writings were just amazing. Sometimes I think having the students step out of their own imaginations helps them get going. Love those writings!

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