Lesson 1: First Person Point of View
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
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.
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.
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.
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|
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.
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