Lesson Plan

Perspectives in Literacy

How do people share spaces? Does a shared space mean that we always see things the same way? Although people can be in the same place, they do not always interpret what they see and experience in the same way.
Rae Ann S.
Technology coordinator
Hempfield School District
Landisville, PA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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Students will be able to...

Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first-and third-person narrations.

Use iPads to create a project to deomostrate understanding of point of view.

English Language Arts
Grades 4 - 6
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1 Hook

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  1. Show students teacher-created GoAnimate video of someone throwing away a piece of food.  Example at http://goanimate.com/videos/04wBxJn-xkKE?utm_source=linkshare&utm_medium=linkshare&utm_campaign=usercontent  
  2. Ask them to think-pair-share about WHY the character in the cartoon discarded the item.    
  3. Pick 3 students to share what their partner thought (use Random Name Selector app or stick pick).  
  4. Discuss as a class why everyone didn't think the same thing when they all viewed the identical action.    Remind students that authors use point of view in their writing, with readers often relating to different characters based on their own experiences and feelings.  

2 Direct Instruction

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  1. Demonstrate how to use Popplet by launching the app using a projection device (AppleTV or video connector) You may want to create a graphic organizer about the character from the introduction or use a familiar character from a book or story that the class has recently read.    The organizer will contain information about the character, such as how they looked, how they reacted to others in the story, and how they felt.   Tell students that they will also be using Popplet to create a graphic organizer about a character in the story the class will be reading.
  2. Read "Voices in the Park" by Anthony Brown together using the book and a document camera.
  3. Discuss unfamiliar vocabulary words, text structure, and illustrations as you read.   

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Conversing

Tell students that they will now be re-reading the story to analyze one character's point of view.

Put students into four groups and assign a character from "Voices in the Park" by Anthony Brown. 

First Voice:  Mummy

Second Voice:  Dad

Third Voice:  Charles

Fourth Voice: Smudge  

  1. Give each group a copy of "Voices in the Park" to access the story as needed and reread about their character.  
  2. Have students launch the Popplet app, which they will use to create a graphic organizer about their assigned character.   Discuss what students should be looking for, such as how the the character felt and what factors might have influenced their viewpoint.   Students should be able to cite examples to support their conclusions.
  3. Allow groups time to reread "Voices in the Park" and take notes in Popplet about their character, then share with the others in their group.  The teacher will circulate to observe and discuss various group perspectives.  Encourage students to ask each other questions and consider various perspectives and opinions as they discuss their character.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Students will work with a partner to create one of the following:

  • Create an illustration of one of the characters in the story (including the dogs).   Write a paragraph describing how that character feels about another character.  Use Chatterpix kids to animate your illustration and record what you wrote.
  • Use iMovie trailer to create an ad for the book.
  • Write a recommendation for the book using PicCollage.
  • In the role of one character, make a cell phone call to a friend about the other characters.  Record it on the iPad.
  • Write a letter from Charles to Smudge using the Pages app.
  • Create a graphic organizer using Popplet to display how each main character in the story feels.
  • Write the story using a fifth voice of someone simply in the park watching what has happened.   What perspective does this character offer?   What font and illustrations will you use?   Use Keynote to create your story.

Note:  Be sure to remind students to cite any images that they use in their projects.

5 Wrap-Up

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Finished student products will be posted to wikispaces for them to view, comment on, and share with family.