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ERIC Number: ED236599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 3
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Switch in Point of View.
Shackelford, Lynne
Exercise Exchange, v26 n2 p31-32 Spr 1982
An approach to teaching literary point of view to high school and college composition classes is described in this brief article. AUTHOR'S COMMENT (excerpt): My students demonstrate little understanding of the concept of point of view. They seem unaware that selecting a point of view is an important decision for a writer, because it controls the relationship between the writer, the reader, and the characters in a narrative. EXERCISES (excerpt): I ask each student to select a role--the paper rustler, the pencil dropper, the snoozer, the giggler, the note passer, the flirt, the egghead, the gum popper. Each student comes to the front of the class, stands behind the podium, and pretends to be the teacher. Once every student has become "the teacher," I ask them to write a description of the class from the teacher's viewpoint. Next I describe a particular situation; for example, a football game. One group describes the game from the perspective of the quarterback, the coach of the losing team, a cheerleader. After each group has made a presentation to the class from its particular perspective, we discuss how point of view can affect the basic facts of a situation. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A