Lessons & Units :: Point of View 3rd Grade Unit

Lesson 1: First Person Point of View

Lesson Plan

White Socks Only

White Socks Only
Learning Goal
Identify and describe the first person point of view.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Example Chart for Direct Teaching, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman, chart paper, markers
  • Teacher Modeling

    will explain that point of view is the perspective from which a story is told to the reader. I will introduce first person point of view by explaining that the narrator is telling the story and is a character in the story. I will discuss how sentences written in first person usually use the pronouns “I,” “me,” and “my.” I will read the sentences written on chart paper and model how to identify which sentences are written in the first person. (See Direct Teaching Teacher Example Chart provided below in Teacher and Student Materials.)

    TIP: Even though you are reading sentences written in the third person point of view, do not introduce this point of view yet. These sentences are merely for helping students classify sentences written in the first person point of view.

  • Think Check

    Ask: How did I know which sentence was written in first person point of view? Students should respond that you used clues such as "I", "me", and "my" in the sentences. You also thought about whether the narrator was a character in the story.

  • Guided Practice

    will read White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman and determine the point of view in the book (first person). We will identify the clues in the book that helped us identify the point of view.

  • Independent Practice

    will read the three paragraphs on the “Point of View” worksheet and determine which paragraph is written in the first person. You will explain how you determined the point of view of the paragraph. (Student Independent Practice is provided below.)

Build Student Vocabulary panting

Tier 2 Word: panting
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story When Grandma got to town, she hid behind the tree, panting, until she saw Miss Nancy leave. Grandma was afraid that Miss Nancy would see her.
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) Panting means to breathe hard or quickly. Sometimes people pant when they have been running or exercising, but Grandma was panting because she was afraid. Sometimes people pant when they are nervous or scared.
Students repeat the word Say the word panting with me: panting.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts I quickly climbed the flight of stairs. When I got to the top, I was panting. On a hot day, my dog pants. It helps him to stay cool.
Students provide examples When would a person be panting? Tell me about it by saying: “Somebody would pant when _____________.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? panting
Additional Vocabulary Words fumbled, strutting

Build Student Background Knowledge

After reading White Socks Only, explain to students that the public drinking fountains in grandma's memory were segregated due to "Jim Crow laws." This means that white people and African Americans had to drink water at different fountains in public. After the Civil War, the U.S. Constitution guaranteed African Americans equality under the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. However, many individual states passed Jim Crow laws that took away African Americans' rights and established separate-but-equal rules. For example, African American people needed to use a separate water fountain, attend separate schools, swim in separate pools, ride in separate cars, or sit in the back of the bus, etc.

Texts & Materials

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User Comments


Great resource. Thank you so much.

Wonderful Resource!!!!

great resource. I'm using the indep. sheet during literacy rotations.


Wonderful resource. I plan to use this to teach my second graders. I will let you know how it turned out.

Wonderful lessons!! Point of view made easy. Thanks

By 3rd grade, students are usually familiar with the Junie B. Jones books that are a great example of 1st person point of view.
Thanks for the great lesson!

Good lessons and materials, well written; excellent web page - THANK YOU!!! The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs are very good books to use as POV, for 1st and 3rd person. Two Bad Ants is also a good point of view, when looking at another's point of view other than the normal.

Great lesson

Thank you so much! The lessons are very helpful.