I love that the transition from Native Americans to exploration lends itself to point of view perfectly!
To introduce point of view, I used these posters from Chrissy Beltran...
You can get them HERE from her TpT Store! Thanks Chrissy :)
Before the lesson, I went over each poster--describing what the point of view means and how authors use it. The introduction was very broad--the lessons after are focused on the specific points of view.
Our narrative writing unit focuses on 1st person point of view. So it's important for students to have a strong understanding of it. Here's how I started it...
I used two texts... Encounter by Jane Yolen (available at Amazon.com) which is written from a Taino boy's perspective of Columbus' arrival
and Thunder in the Sky by Marcia Sewall (available at Amazon.com) which alternates perspectives between the Wampanoags and the Pilgrims.
I only focused on the first few pages of each text pinpointing the point of view (how the author chooses to write the story) and the perspective (who, in the text, is telling the story), which is a very difficult concept for 4th graders to grasp!
I modeled how to pull apart the text and analyzing what the character really means (especially the vocabulary and how different ideas are described, like the ship--"across the Great Sea floated the island with tall trees upon it, hung with white clouds") using Thunder in the Sky.
We answered these questions...
1) Who is telling the story?
2) Based on the text, how did the Natives perceive the strangers?
3) What are you learning about the relationship between the Natives and the strangers?
The students tried the same thing with some pages from Encounter using the same questions.
Here's a cute text that will get your students thinking about 1st person point of view:
|Click HERE to get the text|
and here's an activity page to use with it:
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If you try this activity in your room, I'd love to know how it turned out!