Points-of-View 8th-Grade Reading Ms. Jordan
Point of View Also called P.O.V. The person’s perspective through which the reader “views” the story.
P.O.V. is an acronym (letters that serve as initials for words) for: • Point of view • Past overview • Prefix of view • Point of variety
First Person The narrator is a character in the story who can reveal only personal thoughts and feelings and what he or she sees and is told by other characters. S/he can’t tell us thoughts of other characters. Uses pronouns “me,” “I,” and “we.”
Can an author take us into the thoughts and feelings of multiple characters when writing in first-person point of view? • Yes • No • Usually
First Person First-person point of view is usually used by an author to reveal a character’s personal thoughts and feelings.
When reading a piece and noting the author uses the word “I,” “me,” and “we;” the reader immediately knows the piece is written in first person point-of-view. • True • False
When a story or poem is told from the point-of-view of the narrator, it is called: • Third person • Second person • First person • Third person limited
Third-Person Limited The narrator is an outsider who sees into the mind of one of the characters. Can follow the perspective of only one character (usually the main character). Refers to the main character by his/her name and uses the pronouns “she,” “he,” or “they.” Limited to one character
“Omni-” The prefix “omni” means “all.” Therefore, when a writer uses third-person P.O.V., the reader can see into the thoughts of all characters the author chooses. It’s as though it’s from a god-like perspective.
Third-Person Omniscient Also known as “omniscient.” “Omniscient” means “all knowing.” With this P.O.V., the author can see into the mind of any and all characters.
“I thought I would jump out of my seat when the referee called a foul.” This statement is written in: • First person • Third person
One reason an author would write in first-person P.O.V. is: • To show the thoughts of many characters • To take the reader into the thoughts and feelings of the narrator
“Evan screamed when he saw the kitten running toward him.” This statement is written in: • First person • Third person
When the reader can see into the mind of only one character: • Third person limited • Third person omniscient
When the reader can see into the minds of multiple characters: • First-person • Second-person • Third-person limited • Third-person omniscient
Why does the author use first-person P.O.V. in these lines from a poem? “When I wake in the morningI am like a grouchy grizzly bear.I fuss, I whine. You want to talk?Do not dare.” • To make us laugh • To make us feel sympathy for all the characters • To help us feel the thoughts and emotions of the speaker
The prefix “omni” means: • All • Many • One • None
Points of View • First person – inside thoughts and feelings of narrator • Third person limited – inside the thoughts of one character • Third person omniscient – inside the thoughts of different characters.