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Lesson Plan: Point of View- Life Cycle

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To explain your own point of view and how it differs from the author’s

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA.LITERACY.RI.3.6- Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.




  • Have you ever thought or felt differently about something than a friend has?  How did you know that you thought or felt differently?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Today, we are going to be talking about something called a point of view.  A point of view is how you feel or thing about something.  Not everyone has the same point of view.
  • When you are reading, there are a few different ways that you can figure out the author’s point of view.  One of those ways is looking for the words that the author uses to describe him or herself.  The words, “me”, “we”, and “I” let us know that the author is telling us about him or herself.
  • When reading fiction, the person telling the story is usually not the author, it is a character in the book.
  • When reading nonfiction, the author is the person writing and the person whose point of view you will hear.
  • Another way to figure out the author’s point of view is to look for places where the author says things like “I think,” “I believe,” or “I feel.”  The author is telling you their opinion or point of view.
  • You are going to be reading about the life cycle of a butterfly.  While you read, pay attention to the author’s point of view.  After you finish reading, you will think about what your own point of view is.  Then, you will compare your point of view with the author’s point of view.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share their answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the author’s point of view, their point of view and the difference between them.)

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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