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Developing Author's Point of View - Out of the Dust
Transcript of Developing Author's Point of View - Out of the Dust
Point of View????
The author is the person who writes the story. The narrator or speaker is the person created by the author to tell the story. This narrator or speaker does not necessarily reflect the author’s own thoughts and feelings. Depending on his or her purpose, an author might create different types of narrators for different types of stories.
Have you ever experienced an event and heard the story retold in two different ways?
Miss Carter gave us an assignment that I cannot possibly complete. It’s a writing assignment, and you know better than anyone how much I love to write! After all, I share all my thoughts and secrets with you. If I have an idea for a poem or a story, you’re the first to know.
Why, even when I only have a little piece of an idea—Dad calls that “a seed of inspiration”—I tell you first thing. I love that feeling of having a good idea pop into my head, just like when I spot the first of the purple lupines peeking through the fields of wild oats. When a good idea comes, I run straight to you, don’t I? Then I scribble it down while it is still as fresh in my mind as the hot bread rolls Dad takes out of the oven on Saturday night. Soup Night, he calls it, as if it were a big event. Well, it is nice, but that’s as much as I’ll admit.
So why, dear Diary, do I lament my sad fate, instead of cheering another opportunity to do what I love doing anyway? Why haven’t I written a single idea in your pages? Because this year the theme of the school essay contest is “New and Exciting.” Can you believe it? I, Lisa Moy, don’t have a chance!
RL.6.6 -- Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
Sometimes the narrator is a character in the story and uses the pronoun I to tell the story. This type of narrator tells the story from the first-person point of view.
Sometimes the narrator is not a character in the story and refers to the characters by name or as he or she. This type of narrator tells the story from a third-person point of view.
Objective: I can explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator.
Guiding Question/Journal -- How is does the author develop Billie Jo's point of view?
Developing the Narrator's Point of View
An author uses different strategies to develop the perspective of the narrator or speaker in a story. Perspective is the position from which something is considered or evaluated.
Imagine you go to a football game. You and your best friend attend together but you are cheering for opposing teams. Your team wins and your friend's team loses. When you are leaving the game you hear your friend retell the events much differently than you remember them.
Discuss ways in which the story could have been retold by the winners and then by the losers.
Does the point of view change depending on who tells the story?
What is the narrator’s point of view?
The story is told from first-person point of view. Lisa reveals her own thoughts and feelings about events in the story by using the word I.
What is the narrator’s perspective on the writing assignment Miss Carter gave her?
Lisa thinks that Miss Carter gave her a writing assignment that she cannot possibly complete. The author or another character, such as Lisa’s father or Miss Carter, might have a very different perspective.
Before the American Southwest was American, Spanish and Mexican settlers made their homes in the places we now call Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California. Many descendants of these early settlers still
remain. Ranching was the business to be in, and my relatives were
, or ranch owners. My name is Hernando Arturo Castillo. When I was a boy, most
of my nights were filled with adventure stories told around the campfire. My friends were the
, Spanish for cowboys. That’s all I ever yearned to be.
Their lives seemed so daring, even though the work was hard. I never became a gaucho, but I tried when I was younger. When I was sixteen, I went with the
on a cattle drive to the Northwest. Saying the work was hard was an understatement! I have never been as tired and scared as I was on those lonely plains at night. From that point on, I felt I would do better as a
followed in my father’s footsteps, much to his delight.
What's Hernando’s perspective on being a gaucho?
thinks she doesn’t have a chance to win the essay contest because the theme is “New and Exciting”
laments sad fate
hasn’t written a single idea
as soon as she has an idea for a story or poem, she writes it in her dairy
shares all her thoughts and secrets with her diary
Shoulder Partner Practice
"On the Road with Arley" - Page 49
1. Reread the poem
2. Fill out the chart
3. Using the chart, decide what Billie Jo's point of view about being on the road with Arley?
We Do - Together
You Do - Together
1. Reread Pages 8-9, 42, 44
2. Fill out the chart
3. How is the author developing Billie Jo's point of view? Provide evidence.
Out of the Dust