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The True Story

Deloris Morris
Santa Rosa District Schools

Description

Students rewrite their favorite fairy tale from another character's perspective other than the one in which it is written. This lesson helps students become familiar with the the literary term -point of view.-

Objectives

The student understands ways the author's perspective or point of view affects a text.

The student uses language which is clear, audible and suitable.

The student uses words and images that best express intended messages.

The student knows the role of point of view or persona in a literary or informational text.

The student knows and describes from various characters' points of view a situation related to the central conflict in a literary work.

Materials

-THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Jon Scieszka. Penquin Books, New York. 1996.
-Paper
-Pencil
-Student provided copy of his/her favorite children's story or favorite fairy tale
-Colored markers
-White drawing paper

Preparations

1. Familiarize yourself with the book, THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS ( There are other books by this author that may be helpful with this lesson.)
2. Gather materials for students to illustrate their stories.
3. Print a copy of the rubric and familiarize yourself with the rubric.

Procedures

Prior to this lesson, instruct students to locate and bring to class their favorite fairy tale or children’s story.
1. Teacher discusses the literary term -point of view- with the class based on the definition in their text and shows different examples from their textbook.
2. Teacher explains the term -perspective- using the example of how different people give different eye witness accounts of an accident.
3. Teacher reads THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Jon Scieszka to the class.
4. Teacher discusses with the class that this is the classic children’s story told from the wolf’s point of view claiming that he was framed because he was simply trying to borrow a cup of sugar.
5. Teacher discusses how we could have misinterpreted other children’s stories or fairy tales such as “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” She could have been seen as someone who breaks and enters private property.
6. Teacher gives the following assignment: look at your children’s story or favorite fairy tale; rewrite from another character’s point of view and include at least one illustration. Students can complete for homework.
7. Students orally present their stories to the class.

Assessments

The following rubric is used for assessing the rewritten stories:
3. Student understands the character’s point of view by accurately writing a contrasting point of view, by presenting the story clearly, and by appropriate use of language for intended audience.

2. Student accurately presents a contrasting point of view for his/her story, but presentation and use of language is not appropriate or suitable for intended audience.

1. Student has problems accurately presenting a contrasting point of view, and presentation and use of language are not appropritate for intended audience.

Extensions

This lesson can be used as an introduction to any literature selection that emphasizes point of view.
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