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Point Of View (2A)

Literary Analysis Unit, Grade 8, Lesson 2
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Amy Edmonds-Frost M.S.

on 26 August 2014

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P.O.V.
oint
f
iew
Who's telling the story here?
ST
ND
RD
Who's number
one???
"ME"
Who's number
two?
That's easy!!! It's:
Person
Person
Person
And number
three?
"He"
&
"I"
&
"She"
Let's look at some examples:
"MYSELF"
Dear Diary,
Tonight
I
went to a dance with Tim Sims. His mom drove us and

I
was so nervous

that
we
didn't even speak the whole way there! When
we
got to the dance, he reached for
my
hand and took the lead! After that,
I
was so giddy with excitement
I
could not stop smiling.
We
danced all night and he gave
me
a kiss good-night! It's love!!! ~ Mary
}
This piece of writing is told in the eyes of the narrator as she sees them occurring. It is personal and reflective of how the writer interprets the events happening. It is a one-sided perspective, or better: "Point of View."
Now let's see Tim's P.O.V.!
Message from: Jack
Dude, how was the dance?
I

was bored to death! Mary
might be fine, but she doesn't have brains. She didn't talk all night, just gave
me
a stupid grin!
I
danced with her once and she would not let
me
go the rest of the night;
I
was trapped!
We
were out on the dance floor the whole time like a bunch of weirdos! After, she tried to kiss
me
!!! Yuck!!!
Just like Mary, Tim has his own perspective on how the dance went. From his "Point of View" we can tell that he did not interpret things the same way that Mary did.
First person
limits the reader to only see things (events, information, etc.) as the narrator interprets them.
Let's check


#2 out!
"YOU,"
1. Plan on the right activity -
You
don't want to go to the movies or somewhere that makes getting to know each other difficult. Plan on doing something different that allows the both of
you
to talk to each other.
2. Plan ahead -
Are
you
meeting each other at a
location?
Will
you
be "going Dutch?"
What are
your
curfews?
Times are changing!
Here are
your
10 tips to today's style of
"first dates!"
Click here
to read more
Here, we see
an example of a Non-Fiction
"How to"
"YOU!"
You
close
your
eyes and hold
your
breath
Reciting hopeful wishes until…
You
feel you’re coming to
your
death
You
feel the sudden thrill:
Love, passion, harmony, bliss
Your
heart cannot be still
All the delight in a first kiss
The emotions and zeal of love
A right of passage one should never miss.
Second Person
Point of View is RARELY used in literature and even rarely used in fictional writing.
Second Person NON-fiction can be found in:
Directives ("do this, do that...")
"How to" writings
Select essays
Second Person FICTION can be found in:
Novels that engage the reader as the main character
Various works of poetry
It’s the first morning of the rest of
your
life:
your
first date with Morgan Telly, a.k.a. “The Spawn of the Gods.” But,
you’re
awakened in a cold, sick sweat from that same nightmare. The one where
you
are at school and everything is like it should be, except, when the bell rings for lunch,
you
suddenly realize that
you’re
in
your
birthday suit!
You’re
naked, nude, exposed, bare, and everyone is very aware!
You
instinctively cower down, grabbing at anything
you
can to, by some miracle, create a suit of camouflage out of
your
algebra papers. And then, just as
you
think things cannot possibly get any shoddier, Morgan comes into the room flailing
your
underwear about like it’s engulfed in flames and asks the whole class, “Has anyone lost their chonies?”
Here are examples of 2nd person Fiction
3rd person has parts
3
Objective
Omniscient
Limited
the facts of a narrative are reported by a seemingly
neutral, impersonal observer
or recorder.
an
all-knowing
narrator not only reports the facts but may also
interpret events
and relate the
thoughts and

feelings of any character.

a narrator reports the facts and interprets events from the
perspective of a single character.
Only actions
, not thoughts or feelings of characters.
Example of Objective:
Ward opened the door to the ice cream parlor and June followed. The 18 year old male working behind the counter greeted the two with a loud and scripted recitation of the company mantra, "I scream! You scream! How about a sample of ice cream?!?!" This was a popular destination in Greenbrook for young couples to end a first date on a 'sweet' note.
The passage only describes what an outsider would be able to see and hear from the event/situation. No assumed feelings or thoughts are given to the reader.
Example of Limited
Ward struggled to open the door to the ice cream parlor, as the flow of perspiration in his nervous hands prevented him from getting a good grip on the handle. June followed him in and with her close proximity, he could smell her sweet perfume she wore as it tickled his nose.
As if their entrance had triggered an alarm, the 18 year old boy working behind the counter greeted the couple with a zealous welcoming that nearly induced a heart attack for the already "on-edge" Ward.
He had always thought his first date with June would be seamless and natural and could not understand how she could make him feel so vulnerable.
Here, we can tell how only one character (Ward) feels and thinks. There are other characters in the passage, but the author only gives us insight into one of them. This leaves the other characters' thoughts and emotions open to our own (the reader's) interpretation.
Example of Omniscient
Ward struggled to open the door to the ice cream parlor, as the flow of perspiration in his nervous hands prevented him from getting a good grip on the handle. June, who was too worried about her secret battle with lactose did not notice him fumbling with the door. She followed him closely inside. With her close proximity to Ward, he could smell her sweet perfume as it tickled his nose.
Suddenly, the bored and overly tired 18 year old, who was working behind the counter, yelled out a staged greeted that made him believe he was living an endless cycle of 'ice-cold screams'.
Ward nearly had a heart attack when hearing this jarring welcome and instantly turned the color of the Red Velvet ice cream. June, whose stomach had been turning since the thought of dairy, could feel her dinner trying to make a reappearance as triggered by the guy's obnoxious greeting.
Both June and Ward were trying to keep themselves together for at least another half-hour when they knew they could say they had to return home in time for their curfew. This was not how either of them had expected their first date would go.
Here we have insight to ALL of the character's thoughts and feelings. This is usually very detailed and leaves less information for the reader to assume or infer.
Think you got it?
Let's review.
Go to this link:

http://www.flocabulary.com/point-of-view/
"Playing the Game" by Hugh Marxis

And we scrounged. Next to survival, scrounge was probably the most important word in our new vocabulary. We found a bakery that was throwing out burnt bread loaves. Roxy quickly shoved a round of bread in both the front and back of her torn sweater, making her appear like an old hunched back troll. If I had not been so dehydrated, I probably would have peed in my pants at the ridiculous sight of her.

WHat's the P.O.V.? .......
First Person!
What Clues tell us this?
use of "I" and "We"
"The Ninja Housewife" by Deborah Hamlin

After dropping her son off at school, Sara sat at a traffic light and waited. She was on her way to her office job as a secretary in a law office. It was mainly paperwork with very little time to interact with other people, but Sara had gotten used to that. It also gave her plenty of time to daydream, something she had also gotten quite used to. She was a woman in her mid-30s, married 13 years, with one child.
What's the P.o.V.?.....
WHat clues tell us this?
Third person
Limited
3rd person what?
only thoughts of one
character shown
"The Zombie Survival Guide" by Max Brooks

Traveling light is essential to your journey. Before packing anything, ask yourself, "Do I really need this?" Once you've compiled your gear, go down the list and ask that question again. Of course, traveling light does not mean just holstering a .45, grabbing some beef jerky and a water bottle, and heading down the road. Equipment will be vital, more so than in any other scenario where you are holed up in a place,�a prison, a school, your own home�where supplies are in abundance. The equipment you take with you may be all you have (101).
What's the P.o.V.?.....
What Clues tell us this?
Second Person
the use of "You"
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Bravo!
Now, let's give it a go!
That's first person!
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