"Identifying the narrator’s view point is an essential reading skill that is often assessed on standardized tests. The term “point of view” has many applications, from video game development to the interpretation of art.
When studying the perspective of the narrator, the reader is concerned with the relationship between the person telling the story (the narrator) and the agents referred to by the story teller (the characters)." (EReading Worksheets)
AUTHOR'S POINT OF VIEW
- 1st Person POV: Narrator is telling the story from "I's" perspective using pronouns such as; I, me, my, our, us, we, myself, ourselves, etc.
- 2nd Person POV: Narration where "you" are the agent; you are being given instructions, directions, or asked to complete a task. Examples include: choose your own adventure books, quests in video games, recipes, and instructions for assembly.
- 3rd Person POV: Narration from an outside perspective using pronouns such as; he, she, they, them, him, her, his, their, etc. This is the only POV that utilizes mode of narration (objective, limited, omniscient).
When examining mode of narration, we are only concerned with the narrators voice, not the characters' "voice". You need to ignore anything and everything in quotation marks when identifying the mode of narration.
MODES OF 3RD PERSON NARRATION
- 3rd Person Objective: Narration where NO character's thoughts or feelings are given; the reader can only infer emotion from what can be observed through the characters' actions and dialogue of the text.
- 3rd Person Limited: Naration where only ONE character's internal thoughts or feelings are revealed.
- 3rd Person Omniscient: Narration where the internal thoughts or feelings of TWO OR MORE characters are provided through explicit (clear or obvious) narration. (Omni=All - Scient=Knowing ... All Knowing).
Signal Words to Identify Internal Thoughts/Feelings of Characters
Take a few moments to let "Jane" help you understand some of the ins and outs of utilizing POV in your writing.
In addition to the Point-of-View Pilot link at the bottom of the page, there are several other POV games and practice activities on our classroom Symbaloo where you can improve your POV skills!