Point of View With a Twist

8 02 2010

 There are so many great books out there for teaching Point of View and perspective. When I talk to my students about point of view, I always read to them numerous picture books to show them that  a creative story can come from changing around the point of view of a familiar story, or writing a story from an unusual perspective.

I always read to my students, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. This is a story of the three little pigs from the point of view of the big bad wolf.  They love this story!

I then have my students read the original version of Little Red Riding Hood. In groups of four they pick a character (the mom, little red riding hood, grandma or the wolf) out of a hat. They then have the re-write the story from the character’s (that they chose) perspective.

To share, I have break into groups and have all the grandma’s share, all the little red-riding hoods share, together. They enjoy hearing how other people wrote their story form the same character’s point of view.

Other good picture books I use for point of view and perspective:

The Fourth Little Pig by Teresa Celsi

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague

The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog by Cynthia Rylant

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg

Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman.

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9 02 2010
Mary Lee Hahn

This is a great book list for POV — thanks!

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