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Lesson Plan: Point of View- Jack and the Beanstalk

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To understand and identify point of view

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.6- Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.




  • When you read a story how do you know who is telling the story?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • The person telling the story is called the narrator.  Sometimes the narrator is a character in the story.  This is called first person. 
  • sometimes the narrator is someone who is not a part of the story, but sees everything that is happening in the story.  This is called third person.
  • You can tell that a narrator is talking in first person when they are using “I.”  The narrator often talks about what he or she hears, sees, feels and thinks.
  • When a narrator is talking in third person, you will see words like “he” or “she.”  The narrator will tell what different characters are doing or saying.  The narrator will also be able to give information about a place or other details that are needed to understand the story.
  • Sometimes, in a story, there are different point of views.  Some chapter books are written with different chapters told by different characters.  This means that each chapter would have a different point of view.
  • When reading, it is helpful to know which point of view the narrator is because it will help you to better understand the story.
  • You are now going to read part of Jack and the Beanstalk.  While you are reading, I want you to think about the point of view of the narrator. 
  • After you have finished reading, there are questions for you to answer.  Write the answers to the questions that are below the story.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share their answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers and where they came from.)

Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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