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This point of view lesson begins by comparing three versions ofThe Three Little Pigs
5, 4, 3, 2
Title – Point of View Writing
By – Denise Guido
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 2-5
Read and discuss the following fairy tales. Make a chart comparing and contrasting them.
The Three Little Pigs
Wait, No Paint
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
- After completing the chart, focus on the difference that each story was told from a different character. Since people see things differently, the story changed as the character told it from his/her point of view.
- Discuss how the story might have been different if the first little pig told the story. How might he have felt about the wolf? How did he feel about his brothers? How did he feel about his house being broken down? Discuss the same questions for the other two pigs.
Following this example, I like to read some more fairy tales (but I have also done this with stories we have just read in our reading series too) and then break students up into groups of 2 or 3. I have the groups pick a character and discuss how things would change if that character was telling the story. I give them the following list of questions to guide them, but leave it open-ended for any other creative ideas.
1. Story Title________________
3. How was the character feeling? Why?
4. What was the problem in the story? How would the problem change if this character were telling the story?
5. Would the setting change?
6. Would there be any other characters?
7. Would your character do or say anything different? Write it down.
8. How would the ending be different?
- After about 15-20 minutes, we meet together as a group and share. After my higher-level students share, I would have they go back to their seats to write a new story or a new ending from their character’s point of view. Then I would continue to work with the others on the rug. Some need more guidance, as this is not any easy task. They love it though!